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Bayan Muna hails reopening of peace talks

Bayan Muna Chair Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna executive vice-president Carlos Isagani Zarate today welcomed “with guarded optimism” the reopening of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We hope that this resumption of the peace talks would continue until the causes of the armed conflict would finally be addressed to attain just and lasting peace for the country,” said former Bayan Muna congressman Zarate.

“With the myriad of challenges being encountered by Filipinos today from the climate crisis, low wages, runaway inflation, education crisis, China’s incursion in our territory, the equally dangerous U.S. militarist and interventionist  policy, among others, we trust that this agreement of jumpstarting  the stalled talks would  eventually lead to its logical end – that is a  political settlement for the betterment of our country,” Zarate added.

Meanwhile, Colmenares aired a “plea to all government bodies including the AFP and the PNP to support this endeavour. We have heard reports of destabilisation from the military and police  ranks and we urge those planning these moves, as well as the other spoilers and saboteurs,  to desist from doing this as it will only worsen the situation of our country,”

“The Filippino people want a just and lasting peace by addressing the roots of the conflict. Lets give peace a chance.  The Filipino people want a just and lasting peace, the Filipino people need a just and lasting peace,” ended Colmenares.