On favoring resumption of peace talks with CPP/NPA/NDF
This has reference to the recent media interview of presidential candidates, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Ping Lacson and Manny Pacquiao, and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, who favored the planned resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front.
Since 2018, we have fighting for the safety of our children against the legal fronts of the CPP/NPA/NDF that recruit and abuse the innocent minds of our children na naging dahilan na maraming kabataan ang nasira ang buhay at hindi nakapagtapos ng kanilang pag-aaral. Marami na ring kabataan ang namatay sa kabundukan dahil sa maling ideolohiya na tinuturo ng CPP/NPA/NDF.
Thanks to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who fully supports the fight against the atrocities committed by the CPP/NPA/NDF over the past five decades. It is also in this administration that the masks of ranking political leaders who are supportive of the CPP/NPA/NDF are being unmasked.
The sustained campaign against the CPP/NPA/NDF has also minimized the deceptive recruitment of the youth by these organizations while countless NPA rebels have returned to the folds of the law.
With Duterte’s term about to end after the May 2022 local and national elections, we, from League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP), are hoping that the next president will also support us and our shared advocacy to end the atrocities of CPP/NPA/NDF for the safety of our children and families nationwide.
We share the view that having peace talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF will not give our children safety and security, as granting peace talks to these terrorist groups will give them more opportunities to carry out their recruitment activities, especially in the countryside.
We at the LPP are also hopeful that the Filipino voters will be more discerning in choosing political leaders, including party-list groups who are supportive of the campaign against terrorism and atrocities in the country. — REMY ROSADO, League of Parents of the Philippines, Quezon City