Saying he had gotten fed up with them, President Duterte is ruling out any further peace talks with communist rebels until the end of his term in June 2022.
“For all intents and purposes, the ceasefire is dead,” the chief executive said, noting that the peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front and the New People’s Army had bogged down.
“Maybe we are talking in different dialects,” Mr. Duterte was quoted as saying.
The President’s decision was naturally welcomed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which has been engaged in a bloody struggle with the Reds for more than five decades, at the cost of some 50,000 lives.
In a statement, the AFP said it is thankful for Duterte’s pronouncement “not because we do not want peace, but because what we advocate is a genuine and lasting peace that we cannot achieve through a peace pact with the NPA that is notoriously insincere and unworthy of public trust.”
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