Thursday, July 9, 2020

Davao Mayor Sara’s Stand On Peace Talks With Reds Gains Support

MOST READ

Both the Davao Region Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and Davao Region Development Council (RDC) have expressed support to the stand of Mayor Sara Z. Duterte against the reopening of negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

In a statement on Monday by the Regional Task Force–Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, RPOC chairperson, and Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy, RDC-11 chairperson, said they are proposing for a joint RPOC-RDC resolution expressing the stand of the two regional bodies against the re-opening of peace negotiations with the rebels.

Last December 23, Mayor Sara cautioned the government against reopening talks with the CPP-NPA after a string of deadly attacks believed to have been perpetrated by the rebels.

Sara also asked the national government to exclude this city from the Christmas truce, which began on December 23 until January 7.

Dayanghirang said he believes that the peace negotiations with a rebel group “already tagged as a terrorist organization would not be a favorable move for our government as they will only use this window as a means to strengthen their forces and gain their foothold amid the impending lifting of the ceasefire agreement”.

He noted that during the past year, Davao Region has already made progress on peace and order, specifically the localized implementation of the President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 instituting a “whole-of-nation” approach in tackling the decades-old communist rebellion.

“As such, we could not afford our momentum to be halted and have all our efforts go down the drain,” he said.

RPOC reported that the RTF-ELCAC, formed through EO 70, brought out programs and initiatives “that have resulted into declining mass base support to numerous rebel returnees from zero recruitment in most areas,” and reduced number of violent incidents and attacks by the CPP-NPA.

“We strongly believe on the President’s genuine intention to end the long-running Communist insurgency and we remain committed in our oath to continue to push for initiatives, reforms, and programs that will benefit our Dabawenyo constituents and to foster true and lasting peace in this part of our country”, Dayanghirang said.

Dayanghirang and Uy also proposed that peace engagements be pursued and done at the local level with the local government units taking the lead in the localized peace process. (PNA)

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Sec. Tugade: Digitalization, Answer To Transportation Under ‘New Normal’

More cashless transactions are on the way! Sec. Tugade said that the DOTr is focused on digitalization as the country navigates to the new normal.

Sen. Gatchalian Bats For Business Loan Program To Curb Unemployment

Gatchalian is urging the government to carry out a subsidy program similar to the Paycheck Protection Program of the United States to prevent further lay-offs in the country.

Cayetano Bats For ‘Build Back Better’ Initiatives

CAYETANO: “It is not enough to say we will rebuild our lives, but we need to strive on how we can build back better.”

Usec. Vergeire: No Second Wave Of COVID-19 Cases In PH

Kinlaro ni Usec. Vergeire na wala pa tayo sa second wave sa kabila ng talamak na pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases.

Pres. Duterte To Work From Davao City ‘For Rest Of The Week’

Balik sa "work from home" setup ang Presidente para sa buong linggo, ayon sa Malacañang.

Guv. Yap: Bohol Set To Start P124-M Gov’t Internship Program

Yap successfully linked with DOLE to find alternative programs that will give employment to the people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spox. Roque: Non-Essential Travel Now Allowed

Traveling across the country and abroad is now allowed, provided that tourists submit the required documents and comply with the guidelines issued by the corresponding gov't agencies.

Sen. Hontiveros To DOH: Set Public Hospitals’ Bed Capacity For The COVID-19 Cases Surge

HONTIVEROS: "Huwag na nating hintayin na ma-overwhelm ang mga hospital dito sa Metro Manila at sa ibang lugar na maraming kaso ng COVID-19."

Mayor Isko: 3 Manila Key Officials Positive For COVID-19

One of the saddest moments of Manila City: Mayor Isko on Monday announced that 3 ranking officials have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sen. Gatchalian To ERC: Penalize Distribution Utilities That Will Fail To Comply With Power Advisory

GATCHALIAN: “What action or steps have you taken to penalize those who don’t follow your advisories and to help our consumers get refunds?”