Month: April 2017

NDFP protests surveillance, harassment of Tiamzons, lawyer

By JONAS ALPASAN Bulatlat MANILA – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines filed a complaint before the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on the tailing and surveillance on its panel member and consultants in Manila last March 16. In an April 6 letter to Philippine government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III, NDFP…

A step closer to peace

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The negotiating panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have achieved a major breakthrough in forging an agreement for an interim joint ceasefire. While the agreement on the ceasefire does not represent the meat of the talks,…

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.