NDFP says GRP eagerly wanting to end talks

By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief negotiator Fidel Agcaoili accused the Rodrigo Duterte government of wanting to end the peace negotiations after Malacañan cancelled the scheduled backchannel talks in Europe this weekend. “The GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) seems so eager to terminate the peace negotiations…

Socio-economic reforms: Forgotten part of the 4th round?

By RAYMUND VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—President Rodrigo Duterte’s “barest conditionalities” have put the limelight on the ceasefire agenda in the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ (NDFP) fourth round of formal talks in this seaside town. While the NDFP repeatedly tries to underscore…

Panels begin formal ceasefire negotiations

Said to be the most contentious issue on the approved agenda in this fourth round of talks, the parties ceasefire committees are discussing the GRP’s bilateral ceasefire proposal it first submitted at the third round of formal talks in Rome, Italy last January and the NDFP’s joint unilateral ceasefire declarations to be bound by a memorandum of understanding.