On Duterte’s demand to hold talks in Philippines

By insisting to hold NDFP-GRP peace negotiations in Manila,
Duterte is putting forward a demand it knows is totally
unacceptable to the revolutionary forces. It is like the NDFP
insisting that peace talks be held in the territories under the
political authority of the revolutionary forces–something that
Duterte will definitely not accept.

In the demand to hold the talks in the Philippines, Duterte is
practically scrapping The Hague Declaration of 1992 and, by
consequence, the entire peace NDFP-GRP peace negotiations
itself. He also wants to trash all the past efforts of the
Royal Norweigian Government as Third Party Facilitator.

Duterte is showing complete antipathy towards holding serious
peace negotiations with the NDFP, and merely wants to hold
hostage and completely paralyze the talks. He wants to use the
cancellation of the agreements to resume talks with the NDFP to
justify his total war under Oplan Kapayapaan, and advance his
scheme to establish a fascist dictatorship and impose
nationwide martial law.

By practically scrapping peace talks, Duterte is removing all
impediments to the campaign of all-out offensives, aerial
bombardments, forcing thousands of civilians to “surrender” as
armed rebels, extrajudicial killings ala Tokhang, and other
grave abuses by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
against the peasants, national minorities and other oppressed
peoples. Duterte vainly hopes to crush the NPA militarily
before the end of 2018.

The NPA will surely frustrate the aims of the Duterte regime by
waging extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare. Duterte is
rousing the Filipino people to unite, fight back and oust his
despicable fascist regime.