- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio cancelled the localized peace negotiations with the NPA
- The decision came following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that the NPA rebels are terrorists
- The mayor said, as a rule, officials should not negotiate with terrorists lest they would be linked to them as supporters or sympathizers
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio cancelled the planned localized peace negotiations with the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, after President Rodrigo declared the communist rebel group as a terrorist organization.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio said, as a rule, officials should not negotiate with terrorists lest they would be linked to them as supporters or sympathizers.
“We cannot negotiate with terrorists. That is the rule. The problem is kung makigstorya mi sa isa ka terrorist ma-link mi as supporter or sympathizer of a terrorist (If we talk to a terrorist we could be linked to them as a supporter or sympathizer),” Davao Today quoted the mayor as saying.
The city mayor said the local peace committee – Davao City Peace Committee (DC PEACE) – created to negotiate with the NPA will not be speaking to the rebel leaders anymore. Instead, DC PEACE will be renamed Davao City Advisory Committee for Peace and Development (DC PEACE-DEV).
DC PEACE-DEV will serve as the medium between the city government and far-flung communities to resolve their issues and concerns.
“We acknowledged that the communities have issues with regards to government services so what we want to do is ask the community themselves what their needs and problems are,” Duterte-Carpio said.