The Communist Party of the Philippines has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for arbitrarily terminating the formal peace negotiations and said that the New People's Army is ever ready to face the all-out war threatened by the government, the Manila Times Online reported on Friday.
In a separate statement, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating peace panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili said the government had no fair and just reason to terminate the peace negotiations two weeks after the conclusion of the third round of formal talks in Rome.
The CPP said Duterte had gone berserk and wasted the achievements attained in peace negotiations in the past few months. It described Duterte as a doublespeaking thug who only recognizes his own rules and a charlatan who does not know the true meaning of past and lasting peace.
Agcaoili cited the advance made during the talks, including discussions on human rights and reforms and an agreement to meet in the Netherlands on February 22-27 to hammer out a bilateral ceasefire.
With the above progress in the talks, it is unreasonable for any party to unilaterally terminate the peace negotiations without just cause and squander the gains so far achieved, said Agcaoili as he pointed out a technical error in the notice of termination.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)