Int’l lawyers’ group urges Philippines to hold peace talks in foreign country Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) - June 22, 2018 - 10:35am MANILA, Philippines — The International Association of Democratic Lawyers of Friday called on the Philippine government to hold the next round of peace talks abroad instead in the country as demanded by Malacañang. In a resolution, members of the governing bureau of IADL urged the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to abide by their agreements and resume the peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue. The group said the demand of the government to hold the peace talks in Manila is “a position divergent from a binding agreement between the parties that it be held in a foreign neutral venue.” “Mainly for security reasons, history and universal practice teach us that most, if not all, peace negotiations between … [Read more...] about Int’l lawyers’ group urges Philippines to hold peace talks in foreign country
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MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will practically kill peace talks with communist rebels by insisting that they be held in the Philippines, a consultant of their negotiating panel said Tuesday, warning it would be a "recipe for destruction." Rey Casambre cited the potential harm on fellow consultants and members of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ (NDFP) panel such as arrest and military surveillance. "It’s not negotiable," he told reporters. "No way peace talks held in the Philippines can be protected and spared from sabotage by spoilers and enemies of a genuine peace process." Removing Norway as peace mediator ‘embarrassing’: NDFP consultant NDFP legal consultant Rachel Pastores cited the president’s previous remarks ordering the arrest of her colleagues each time negotiations bogged down. Malacañang on Monday said the President wanted formal talks to resume in July in the Philippines. Pastores said her group was willing to … [Read more...] about News Holding peace talks in PH ‘recipe for destruction’: NDFP consultant
Court allows NDFP consultants to join peace talks in Netherlands Ian Nicolas Cigaral (philstar.com) - June 9, 2018 - 5:32pm MANILA, Philippines — A Manila court on Friday allowed five consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to travel abroad and take part in the revived peace talks between the Philippine government and communists. In a five-page order signed by Presiding Justice Thelma Bunyi-Medina, the regional trial court of Manila Branch 32 granted the motion to travel abroad by Benito Tiamzon, Adelberto Silva, Rafael Baylosis, Randall Echanis and Vicente Ladlad. In their pleading, the consultants said their participation in the talks is “indispensable.” The court said the provisional liberty for the NDFP consultants was given for the purpose of their attendance in scheduled informal talks on June 22 to 26 and formal peace negotiations on June 27 to 30 in the Netherlands. The court also … [Read more...] about Court allows NDFP consultants to join peace talks in Netherlands
One year after Islamic State-aligned Filipino and foreign militants laid siege to Marawi, the war-torn city has yet to rise from the ashes. With over a score of extremist groups that still pledge allegiance to ISIS lurking in the shadows of the southern island of Mindanao, the restive region is on a knife’s edge in anticipation of a next big attack. Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group rebels first launched their surprise siege on May 23, 2017, an attack that exposed the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ ill-preparedness for full-scale urban warfare. It took President Rodrigo Duterte’s government five months to liberate the Muslim city from the ragtag militants’ clutches. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Marawi’s central core was left in ruins in a battle that killed some 1,100 people, mostly militants. Over 350,000 civilians were displaced by the battle, more than half of whom remain displaced one year on. It’s a dire … [Read more...] about Where will ISIS strike next in the Philippines?
Resuming peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) would depend on the sincerity of the communists and on their agreeing to a ceasefire, the Philippine Army said on Wednesday. The NDF is an umbrella organization that counts as members among others the Communist Party of the Philippines and the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, Army spokesman, said the Army has always campaigned for peaceful settlement of issues between the NDF and the government. “It [resumption of the peace talks]depends on the sincerity of these people [in the NDF]because as far as the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] is concerned, especially us, the Philippine Army, we are the forces on the ground,” Villanueva added. “In the first place, it’s always us who are in the [arena]of conflict. We are the ones being greatly affected and if these [peace negotiations]will be pursued anew, it will be … [Read more...] about Peace talks depend on ‘sincerity’ of National Democratic Front