“The killings of Rudy and his son Rudyric Dejos in Sta. Cruz and of Santos Manrique in Pantukan brought into the limelight the real face of Oplan Bayanihan and revealed what was concealed in the peace and development coating of the Aquino administration’s continuation of the wicked legacy of past counterinsurgency programs,” the mission said in a statement.

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The National Democratic Front of the Philippines refers to the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement of Social and Economic Reforms as “the meat” of the peace talks as it aims to address the root causes of the armed conflict.

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By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – A political prisoner criticized the Aquino administration’s new counterinsurgency program, describing it as a “sugarcoated bullet.” Randy Felix Malayao, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), said that legal offensives against critics and activists continue to be part of the new administration’s counterinsurgency strategy.…

It is only through the people’s support that the two parties can draw the strength needed to withstand all negative pressures, ensure the efficacy of bilateral agreements and the successful end-result of the peace negotiations. In the final analysis, that is the meaning of the people being the true sovereign power, a fact which neither side disputes. By CAROL PAGADUAN-ARAULLO

The peace talks now going on in Oslo between the government and the NDFP, having moved on to the deep-seated problems that have been sustaining the CPP-NPA-led armed struggle over 40 years, were the subject of editorial comment in this newspaper the other day. I think that certain points were correctly spotlighted and interpreted in the editorial, but it is amiss on others. By SATUR C. OCAMPO / bulatlat.com

Forging the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (Caser) is said to be the “meat” of the negotiations as it aims to resolve the root causes of poverty and lack of development in the Philippines.

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