The mayor of Davao City, Sara Duterte-Carpio said she will pursue peace talks with communist groups in her city. She continues to push through with the peace negotiations with communist groups in their local area.
Mayor “Inday” Sara spear-headed the creation of Davao City Peace Committee (DCPC) to initiate peace deals with the New People’s Army (NPA) and other units of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the city.
Together with her DCPC team leader retired judge Ridway Tanjili, the committee has been preparing for the peace negotiation with the NPA.
DCPC is continuing its peace efforts and is currently working on their timeline. In fact, Mayor “Inday” Sarah disclosed about the DCPC’s schedule to visit Paquibato district in December. The district is one of the areas in Davao city where the NPA still operates.
CPP announced that efforts to conduct peace talks are just bound to fail. The communist group prefers that the National Government resume with the talks about the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms which they described as the “heart and soul” of the peace negotiations.
However, President Duterte’s daughter remains firm in her decision to conduct localized peace talk despite earlier announcement of refusal for localized peace talks by the representatives of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Pres. Duterte, in his statement in a press conference in Davao cCity last October, announced that he also supports the localized peace efforts by his daughter.
He encouraged the members of NPA to surrender to the government and he promised to give them housing and livelihood in return.