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Peace talks won’t lead to settlement, says CPP

/ 03:36 AM December 28, 2014
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SISTERS ACT Jorge Madlos, spokesperson for the National Democratic Front in Mindanao, poses for a selfie with nuns who joined a Mindanao-wide peace consultation meeting inside a guerrilla zone in Surigao del Sur. INQUIRER MINDANAO

SURIGAO DEL SUR—The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has vowed to pursue its goal to establish a Marxist government despite the pronouncement of its leaders here that they are open to the resumption of peace negotiations with the government.

In an editorial published on its website (www.philippinerevolution.net), the CPP said it did not expect the negotiations to reach a political settlement.

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“There should be no illusion that the ongoing peace negotiations with the reactionary government will soon lead to comprehensive agreements on social, economic and political problems as bases for a just and lasting peace,” it said.

The CPP cited as the “biggest obstacle” in the talks the government’s “antinational, antidemocratic and antipeople character” and its officials who regard the process “as the means for the capitulation and pacification of the revolutionary forces and the people.”

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It found one good thing about the negotiations, however.

“The NDFP is able to broadcast the Program for a People’s Democratic Revolution and help bring about the victory of the revolution in the long run or before then, help bring about truce and cooperation with a government that is not led by the party, but which adopts patriotic and progressive policies to deal with the severe crisis brought about by imperialism and reaction,” the CPP said.

The NDFP is the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the party’s political arm.

Seeing no end to the problems that gave rise to the communist movement, the CPP said it had no other choice “but to persevere in the people’s democratic revolution through protracted people’s war against US imperialism and the local exploiting classes of big compradors and landlords.”

“The crisis of the world capitalist system and the domestic ruling system inflicts terrible suffering on the people but generates awareness of the need to wage armed revolution for the national and social liberation of the people,” it added. With a report from Allan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao

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