AS PART of Kodao Productions’ series on the imminent resumption of formal peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the incoming Government of the Philippines (GPH) under President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, these opening statements by the incumbent GPH and the NDFP at their first and only formal talks in February 18, 2011 are hereby republished.
Duterte-appointed representatives Jesus Dureza, Silvestre Bello III and Hernani Braganza are, at the moment, on their way to Oslo, Norway to meet with the old NDFP panel for preliminary talks before their formal meet sometime in July.
The following speeches were delivered by incumbent Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles for the GPH and Luis Jalandoni for the NDFP, respectively.
While the February 2011 talks resulted in a Joint Statement, there has been no peace achievements made since, however.
In his speech, Jalandoni called for the release of NDFP consultants and staff and the honoring of previous signed agreements.
After the Oslo meet, the GPH under Benigno Aquino has subsequently arrested more NDFP consultants and wanted to set aside signed agreements such as The Hague Joint Declaration (THJD) and the Joint Agreement on Immunity and Safety Guarantees (JASIG).
Deles was reported to have dismissed THJD as a “document of perpetual division.”
The audio recordings were originally published by Bulatlat.com. Kodao Productions recorded the speeches in Oslo, Norway.
PAPP Teresita Q. Deles
NDFP chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni