Sorsogon Governor Lee’s proposal for “localized peace talks” is a part of the intelligence, psychological warfare, and combat scheme under Oplan Bayanihan. It is in line with the so-called “new approach” of President Aquino, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) under Secretary Deles.
“Localized peace talks” is an old and futile attempt by the reactionary forces to split the revolutionary movement. It is bound to fail because the revolutionary leadership has repeatedly made it clear that only the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is mandated to engage in peace negotiations with the Manila Government. All units of the revolutionary movement follow strictly this policy.
In the face of the Aquino regime’s escalation of gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, as exposed in the recent killing of revolutionaries hors d’ combat in Bicol, the New People’s Army (NPA), the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the NDFP continue to grow vigorously in strength all over the country. They are resolutely determined to carry on the struggle for national and social liberation, democracy and a just peace. They have the enthusiastic support of the oppressed and exploited masses. They are not deceived by the worn-out tactics of the likes of Aquino, the AFP, Deles and Governor Lee.