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Bello hits CPP order for more NPA attacks

Government of the Republic of the Philippines peace panel chairman Silvestre Bello III denounced the order of the Communist Party of the Philippines to the New People’s Army Wednesday to intensify its “revolutionary armed struggle” after President Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao due to the threat of the Maute Group.

Jose Maria Sison has admitted that, despite being the founding chairman of the 49-year-old Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), he does not exercise control over the Lefist group’s armed component, the New People’s Army (NPA), which has continued to engage government forces in armed conflict despite ongoing peace negotiations.

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AMONG the changes the nation is looking forward to as the Duterte administration begins its term is an end to the decades-long rebellion of the New People’s Army (NPA). The outgoing Aquino administration sought to end the Moro conflict in Mindanao with peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but made no effort to reach out to the NPA. Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has now made peace with the NPA part of his program of action.

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It is up to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to include communist leaders in his Cabinet but such appointment will have to go through the scrutiny of the Commission on Appointments, a Palace official said yesterday.

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ON Monday, April 25, the New People’s Army (NPA) released five Davao police officers, whom they called “prisoners of war,” to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The mayor got to talk with the commander of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Battalion which had turned over the police officers to him.

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Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday offered four key Cabinet positions to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the event it accepts his invitation to join the government.

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