By Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant
I welcome the desire for resuming peace negotiations, as expressed by Senator Go on behalf of President Duterte, But it is best for the GRP and NDFP negotiating panels to prepare for my one-on-one meeting with Duterte by formally resuming the peace negotiations and accomplishing the Interim Peace Agreement in a neutral venue abroad.
They need only a few weeks to work and realize these objectives. Subsequently, the NDFP will have high confidence to agree to my one-on-one meeting with Duterte. It would be premature for me to meet Duterte while the peace negotiations are terminated and the militarist peace spoilers around him are still hell-bent on sabotaging the prospect of peace negotiations.
The main purpose of this meeting is for Duterte and me to agree on the ways and means to accelerate the completion of the comprehensive agreements on social, economic, political and constitutional reforms and ensure the implementation of these reforms against foreign powers and local reactionary forces that are adverse to them.