Angara, Escudero call for revival of GRP-NDF peace talks

April 26, 2013 10:25 pm 

DAVAO CITY, April 26 — Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara is amenable for the Philippine government to revive the peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) to resolve the decades-long insurgency problem and its impact.

Angara made the comment when asked about the ambush of Gingoog City Mayor Ruth de Lara Guingona last April 20. She and her convoy were on their way home from a village fiesta in Alagatan, Misamis Oriental.

“I’m in favor of reviving the peace talks with the CPP/NDF/NPA so all this assassinations and attempts will be stopped,” Angara told reporters here Thursday afternoon.

Angara was in the city together with some other Team PNoy senatorial candidates to greet a happy birthday to influential evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

He also met various groups in the city as part of his campaign sortie.

Angara said government has to do what it can to continue the talks to protect civilians from becoming victims of assassinations or other forms of violence. This however could only happen if government will display a nice gesture or good faith in the revival of the talks.

"Without sincerity and good faith, and if the killings continue, pushing through with the peace talks is unlikely," he said.

He, however, supports the stand of President Benigno Aquino to hold accountable those who are found responsible in Guingona’s ambush and all other similar previous criminal offenses that were owned by the NPAs.

Though Guingona cheated death but wounded, her driver and his brother, however, were killed.

PNoy Team senatorial candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero echoed Angara's view. At a press conference Wednesday also in Davao City he said, Guingona’s ambush served as “wake up call” for government to continue its talks with the rebel movement.

“Tama na ang patayan bigyan na natin ng pansin ang pagpatuloy sa pakikipag-usap sa mga grupo na ito,” Escudero said. (PNA)



2 Responses to “Angara, Escudero call for revival of GRP-NDF peace talks”

  1. David on April 27th, 2013 5:36 am

    peace talks are always welcome! i say always look for the peaceful way 🙂

  2. Lessie on April 27th, 2013 5:37 am

    wow thats a scary thought just getting ambushed like that… i hope this gets resolved peacefully agad