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WESCOM Urges Insurgents to End Violence

Published: Friday, 06 September 2013

Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City – The Palawan-based Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Command appealed to insurgents particularly those in the northern part of the province to end armed hostilities to give way to development and peace, in support to the national government's call on Sunday that marked the National Peace Consciousness Month.

 

During the flag-raising ceremonies at the Camp General Artemio Ricarte in San Miguel, this city on Monday, Lt. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero in his speech urged the rebel group to put on the table ideas and strategies for building meaningful consensus that will put an end to armed hostilities.

"We share the urgency of ending the armed hostilities to give way to development, especially in the far-flung areas of northern Palawan, which are the poorest and most deprived communities in the province," Guerrero said.

On Sunday, a government panel said in a message to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDF), a leftist rebel group which has staged a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for more than four decades, for an end to violence on the ground to build the peace that the country aspires for.

"We continue to believe that if we listen to our people's aspirations and act accordingly, and lasting peace is still possible in spite of stumbling blocks in the peace process," the government said.

The peace talks between the government and the NDF bogged down last February after the two sides failed to agree on the terms of the peace process.

Consequently, the Philippine government said that it would not go back to the formal peace negotiation with the leftist rebels, and is looking for a new approach to end the more than four-decade leftist insurgency. ––END 

 

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