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Efforts ongoing for soldier’s safe release

The safe release of abducted Army soldier Technical Sergeant Joseph Paredes in Bukidnon is now being worked out by a third party facilitator after the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is said to be considering the release of the soldier in time for the fifth round of the peace talks.

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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The Department of Justice yesterday placed 20 consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines who were granted temporary liberty to join the peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in the immigration lookout bulletin order.

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The scheduled exploratory talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) next week in Oslo will determine the trajectory of the peace negotiations that have been held on and off for decades.

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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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