GPHL refusal to extend ceasefire, betrayal of peace talks

LABOR center Kilusang Mayo Uno slammed the Aquino government for refusing to comply with an agreement which it forged with the the National Democratic Front of the Philippines extending the ceasefire with the New People’s Army until Jan. 15.

“Aquino and the GPHL’s refusal to extend the ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF is a betrayal of the peace talks. It is a bad sign for the Filipino workers and people who want a just and lasting peace in the country,” said KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

“The ceasefire extension could have served as a positive gesture towards resuming the peace talks. Aquino chooses to pursue his war-mongering that has already led to rampant and brutal human-rights violations,” he added.

“The impression is that the GPHL is trying to fool the NDFP into observing the ceasefire even if it has already returned to war footing. This shows once again that the Aquino government’s Oplan Bayanihan is a brutal campaign of violence and deception,” he said.

KMU has been calling for the resumption of the peace talks between the GPHL and the NDFP the track of which leads to the implementation of socio-economic reforms that would benefit the Filipino workers and people and lay the ground for a just and lasting peace.

“We condemn the Aquino government for its gross insincerity as far as seeking peace in our country is concerned. Its refusal to honor a simple agremeent with the NDFP clearly shows that it has no intention of addressing the fundamental causes of the armed conflict,” Labog said.

“Workers want the peace talks to address demands for a substantial wage hike, for regular jobs and for respect for workers’ rights. We want the peace talks to tackle proposals for the country to undertake national ondustrialization and genuine land reform,” he added.

Mindanao rehabilitation

The Central Committee of the CPP announced the termination of its temporary ceasefire declaration after the GPHL failed to comply with the agreement made last December 17-18 that it will extend its own ceasefire order to Jan. 15.

The GPH’s commitment is contained in the Press Communiqué authenticated by Royal Norwegian Ambassador Ture Lundh.

“It is regrettable that the holiday ceasefire ended sooner than expected especially in Mindanao where NPA forces declared earlier a temporary ceasefire to help in drives for the relief and rehabilitation of typhoon victims,” Labog said.

“The GPH should have done the same. Aquino should have spent the AFP’s resources in helping typhoon victims rather than carrying out military operations that have been spreading havoc among peasants and indigenous people in the countyside,” he said.

“Instead of using the holiday season to promote peace, the GPHL has promoted human-rights violations through abductions, harassment and filing of trumped-up charges against members and leaders of people’s organizations being tagged as communist fronts,” he said.

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