Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte called on the government to make serious strides in its peace talks with the communist group and Moro separatists, in his speech at the holding of the Pamulak sa Kadayawan Floral Parade.
The mayor made this point while saying he was thankful that the Kadayawan Festival ended on a peaceful note, after several days of jitters and uncertainties.
I pray that the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be finished soon, he said.
The MILF and the government are in the homestretch of inking a peace agreement and the creation of a new Bangsamoro autonomous region to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
I am urging the national government that we also revive our talks with the New People’s Army because whether you like it or not, the reality is we are all here,” Duterte said.
Talks between the GPH and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines had been suspended since mid-2011.