MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday communist leaders are “insisting” to revive peace talks with the government.
The President claimed that leftist negotiators Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni want to return to the Philippines to restart talks with the government.
“I don’t know but they are insisting on resuming the talks and ‘yung iba (the others),” Duterte said in a speech before high-ranking police officials in Malacañang.
Duterte, in March this year, formally announced the end of peace talks with communist rebels. The government has instead formed localized panels to talk with rebels in communities.
Duterte had signed Proclamation No. 360 on Nov. 23, 2017 declaring the termination of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines - Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army.
Another resumption was scheduled in late June last year but it was canceled as the government sought to review all agreements the communists signed with past administrations.
In December 2018, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 70 directing the creation of a national task force to “end local communist armed conflict.”