National Irrigation Administration Chief Laviña: LEFTS NOT UNITED FOR PEACE TALKS

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National Irrigation Administration Chief Peter Tiu Laviña commented on the ongoing peace talks between the current administration and the rebels saying that, 

“I would rather tend to believe that the insurgents have not yet achieve unity in pursuing the peace process” after Ka Oris of the National People’s Army (NPA) was branded as a “spoiler” in the peace talks.

With President Duterte’s outspoken support for the Lefts, he was able to push for significant progress in peace negotiations in less than a year and even designated Leftists to positions in his cabinet, however President Duterte issued a withdrawal of unilateral ceasefire after the NPA announced its end to ceasefire by February 10, 2017.

Laviña noted what Secretary Ernie Abella said as a “disconnect” between the insurgents especially since neither Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) nor National Democratic Front (NDF) mentioned anything about a withdrawal of ceasefire, thus a need for “educating and unifying” the rebels as a priority.

Laviña asserts that the NPAs hold the ranks among the rebels which put them at “the center” once it comes to peace negotiations. His full post on Facebook reads:

“I do not believe talks that Ka Oris of the NPA command is a "spoiler" in the peace talks. I would rather tend to believe that the insurgents have not yet achieve unity in pursuing the peace process. The NPA withdrawal of its unilateral ceasefire to end Feb 10 was announced neither by the CPP nor the NDF or its peace panel. Sec Ernie Abella noted the "disconnect."

The NPAs are the ones of the ground, take the brunt of military clashes, hold the gun and have the money in collected revolutionary taxes. In effect, it is the strongest flank within the insurgents, not probably the exiled leaders of the CPP-NDF. They are essentially now the center.

I think the NPA is flexing its muscle, asserting it primacy. A negotiated political settlement of the insurgency, after all, is meant to address their ranks first and foremost. Are their concerns being addressed in the European talks? If so, are these being articulated, explained, understood on the ground? Given that the rebel ranks now are mostly from the IP communities unlike in the past where students, workers and intellectuals lead the NPA, the need for educating and unifying the armed insurgents truly should be of high priority.”

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