Castelo to Reds: Control your troops on the grounds if you want peace talks

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A Quezon City solon has urged the leaders of the communists rebels to prove that they are dead serious in pursuing peace talks with the government by showing “they are really in control of their troops on the ground.”

“Two things are important if the peace process is to proceed: First, sincerity on the part of the rebel leaders and, second, control of their cadres,” Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo said.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte last week canceled the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF following a spate of attacks and ambuscades by the NPA.

Castelo said the President shown sincerity in his quest for peace with the Reds, and even appointing some of their members in the government

“Problem is, while they have been asking for ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table, their armed groups have continued to ambush government troops, attack police stations, even terrorize the civilian population,” Castelo said

The solon noted that the recent attacks showed that CPP-NPA-NDF leadership based in the Netherlands no longer has control over communist rebels in the country so it would be futile for government to continue negotiating with them.

Castelo suggested that it would be best for the President to consider negotiating with the local leaders of the CPP-NPA as they “seem to act independent of their overseas leaders and seem to have more control of their troops.”