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Malacañang Rejects Courtesy Call of Jalandoni, NDFP Hits Government’s ‘Hostility’ Published on November 6, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Malacañang Rejects Courtesy Call of Jalandoni, NDFP Hits Government’s ‘Hostility’

Published on November 6, 2010
Fidel Agcaoili said the National Democratic Front of the Philippines is now contemplating on inviting new GRP peace panel chair AlexPadilla to a one-on-one meeting in Hongkong to clarify whether the current Aquino government accepts the validity of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and can ensure the safe and trouble-free visit of the Jalandoni couple in Manila.
MANILA – Hopes for the resumption of the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) brightened after the Aquino government reconstituted its five-member panel for the peace negotiations with the NDFP to include two human rights lawyers. But a few days after, the talks hit a snag again.

?In an interview through email, Luis Jalandoni, chairman of the NDFP peace panel, said he and Coni Ledesma, member of the negotiating panel are planning to visit the Philippines on December 1. “The plan is to have informal talks then in order to pave the way for the resumption of formal peace talks in Oslo in January or February of next year.”

But Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said early this week that “it will be better for the NDF to visit the Palace with a signed peace agreement.” Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles also said “the President could not be expected to comment” on the proposed visit.

In reaction, NDFP panel member Fidel Agcaoili said in a statement the NDFP is reconsidering the visit of Jalandoni to Manila in December “in view of the negative attitude of GRP President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Jr. to the proposed courtesy call..... MORE


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