Repeated offer of Duterte for one-on-one in Manila is a trap and is aimed at preventing peace negotiations

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Jose Maria Sison, NDFP Chief Political Consultant

The repeated offer of Duterte for me to have a one-on-one meeting with him in Manila is done in bad faith. It is either a malicious scheme to put me in a lethal trap or an equally malicious maneuver to prevent peace negotiations upon rejection of his offer by me and the NDFP as an unacceptable precondition.

Knowing that I am experienced and intelligent enough to recognize what is a trap, Duterte is using his offer only to do a bit of psywar and to prevent the resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.

There are three reasons why Duterte is being malicious about his offer of a one-on-one meeting in Manila:

First, he wants me to drop the legal protection that I have under the Refugee Convention and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and to put myself under the control and disposition of his butcher regime upon my arrival in Manila.

Second, he wants me to violate my principles by submitting and surrendering myself to the tyrannical regime and to the actions that he has taken to terminate and prevent the peace negotiations between authorized panels of the GRP and NDFP.

Third, he wants to preempt the absolutely necessary formal meeting that has to be held in a neutral venue abroad in order to resume the peace negotiations by reaffirming the joint GRP-NDFP agreements since 1992 and by superceding the presidential issuances that he has made to terminate and prevent peace negotiations.

Duterte is making the fake offer of one-on-one meeting in Manila as an unacceptable precondition which invites rejection by me and by the NDFP and thereby prevents the peace negotiations. I do not think that he actually believes that I would take his bait or he is unintelligent enough not to appreciate my ability to discern what is mere trickery from him and his military advisors.

He should be intelligent enough to understand that neither I nor the NDFP negotiating panel can go to the Philippines before there is a formal resumption of the peace negotiations and substantial progress in the negotiation of social and economic reforms in a neutral venue abroad beyond the duress, control, manipulation or sabotage by his butcher generals.###

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