We recognize the independence of House of Representatives in filing House Resolution 1803 urging the President to continue the negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF and complete the Comprehensive Agreements on Social, Economic, and Political Reforms. We thank those who signed the resolution for their support to the peace agenda of the administration.
Right from the very beginning of his term, the President’s position has always been clear and consistent: He remains committed to peace. However, we find it unfortunate that the communists have become spoilers of peace because of their penchant for double talk and treachery. Their motives are not for attaining sustainable peace but rather to push for their greater control and influence.
As before, we reiterate that there must be an enabling environment that must be present for the desired resumption of peace talks such as genuine sincerity on the part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. They must cease their hostilities against innocent civilians and government forces; end their extortion activities, violent streaks and wanton killings; lay down their arms and return to the fold of law and restart to live normal lives.
Even without the peace talks, the government’s efforts at forging peace with communist rebels have been gaining ground, as evidenced by the surrender of NPA fighters.
Rest assured that the government will exhaust any and all means to achieve lasting peace towards unity and progress.