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Church leaders in the Philippines welcome rebooting of peace talks

MANILA (UCAN): The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, said at the beginning of April that he was giving the government and rebel peace panels “a timeline of two months” to resume the talks that bogged down last year.
 
He claimed that it was the rebel National Democratic Front of the Philippines that had been pressing for the resumption of negotiations.
 
Talks broke down in November after Duterte accused the rebels of attacking government installations especially in the provinces.
 

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Philippine bishops back call to resume peace talks

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic and Protestant bishops in the Philippines have backed calls from Congress for the government to resume peace negotiations with communist rebels.
 
Prior to Holy Week, 61 members of the Lower House of Congress signed a resolution calling on the president, Rodrigo Duterte, to resume peace talks with the rebel National Democratic Front.
 
The resolution urged the president to complete the government’s comprehensive agreements on social, economic and political reforms with the rebels. 

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Informal efforts to revive stalled peace talks

MANILA (UCAN): Church leaders in the Philippines welcomed the news of informal talks between the government and communist rebels, looking at ways to revive stalled peace negotiations which the president, Rodrigo Duterte, terminated on 23 November 2017.
 
He accused the rebels of failing to show “sincerity and commitment to pursuing genuine and meaningful negotiations.”
 

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On-again off-again peace talks on-again

MANILA (UCAN): The on-again off-again peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of The Philippines are now on-again, despite a pledge from the president, Rodrigo Duterte, one month ago to abandon them, because he had lost interest.

However, as an official in the Chinese Foreign Affairs Bureau noted about the president of the United States of America, it really does not matter what the president says, just listen to the public service.

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Duterte declares peace talks dead in water

MANILA (SE): The much vaunted peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Communist Party are now officially dead in the water.

A signature policy of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, peace talks began with much enthusiasm in Oslo, Norway, last August, but soured significantly before a second round that was held in the same city and finally went nowhere at a meeting in Rome at the end of January.

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Peace is process not agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO (SE): The long stalled peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Communist Party of The Philippines got off the ground in Oslo, Norway, on August 22 last year in a flurry of excitement, which soured as quickly as it was generated by October 8 in their second round.

Nevertheless, the Ecumenical Peace Platform has called on both parties not to give up, but to look at peace-making as a process rather than a negotiation.

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