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Belgica promises to keep localized peace negotiations going.

MANILA, Philippines — Greco Belgica, a senatorial candidate and former chairperson of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), pledged on Saturday to explore localized peace measures to end the country’s communist insurgency.

Belgica claimed that if he wins the Senate election on May 9, he will continue President Rodrigo Duterte’s local peace initiative.

“Atin pong isusulong ang peace talks sa ating mga komunidad kapag po niloob ng Diyos na tayo ay mahalal sa pagkasenador.” If I am elected senator, God willing, I would push for peace negotiations within our communities. In a press statement, he added, “This is an effective way for the government to understand and meet the demands of rebels.”)

Belgica made the pledge because he believes it is fruitless to resume peace talks with Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the founding chairwoman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Holding talks with Sison and members of the CPP’s political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF), is “another form of legal battle to advance the revolutionary armed struggle and popular movement,” he stated.

He remarked, “This communist organization is not sincere in pursuing peace talks with the government.” “Ang nakakalungkot po dito ay habang may peace talks sa kanila, ay ini-ambush naman nila ang ating mga kasundaluhan, ang opisina ng ating mga kapulisan sa kanayunan, at maging ang pag-abuso sa ating mga kababayan sa ?

The localized peace process, according to Belgica, is “more effective” in convincing members of the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to surrender and reintegrate into mainstream society.

“Katulad po ng posisyon ni Pangulong Duterte, hindi po natin hahayaan na linlangin tayo ng mga makakaliwang grupo sa kanilang pagnanais na buwagin ang pamahalaan (Similar to President Duterte’s stance, we will not allow Left-leaning organizations to

Due to a series of attacks by NPA rebels against state forces and civilians, the President suspended the government’s peace negotiations with the communists through Proclamation 360 on November 23, 2017.

In order to achieve “inclusive and lasting peace,” Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) 70 on December 4, 2018, formalizing the whole-of-nation approach that would be executed by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

EO 70 also directs local peace organizations to communicate with communist insurgents in specific localities.

Since 2016, nearly 22,000 persons associated with the CPP-NPA-NDF have surrendered and abandoned the local armed fight, according to Malacanang.

In a filmed interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy aired on SMNI on Friday, Duterte said it is now up to the next president to resume peace talks with the communist movement.

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have designated the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization.

On June 23, 2021, the Anti-Terrorism Council formally recognized the NDF as a terrorist group, identifying it as “an integral and inseparable member” of the CPP-NPA, which was established in April 1973.

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