Under the new administration of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., the NTF-ECLAC claims it will not weaponize the anti-terror law. (Photo credits: BusinessMirror)
By Tracy Cabrera
CAMP AGUINALDO, QUEZON CITY – The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has confirmed that localized peace talks will continue to be carried out under President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.
In an official statement, national security adviser and con-current NTF-ECLAC vice chairperson Dr. Clarita Carlos made the confirmation, saying that the national task force is committed to implementing interventions to ensure peace and development for all Filipinos under the new administration.
“The local peace councils are the ones working. So, we continue on that level, in regard to the resumption of the national peace talks that is the call of the President,” Carlos pointed out during a media briefing right after the task force’s first executive meeting under the Marcos administration.
In support, presidential adviser on peace, reconciliation, and unity secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. noted how localized peace engagements (LPEs) have been effective in resolving issues between the government and members of the communist group in the Philippines.
“Nakita natin halos lahat po ng ating mga kasamahan na front commanders ay bumababa na po at nagkaroon na ng localized peace engagement which empowers the mayors, governors to pursue localized peace engagement because they know very well the negotiations,” Galvez cited.
“The past 50 years, wala tayong nakuhang maganda sa national peace talks. Dito sa LPE, nandoon iyong goodwill, trust and confidence. We can see the authentic intentions of both parties to really come to peace,” he added.
Galvez also highlighted the effectiveness of NTF-ELCAC in promoting the principles of good governance among national line agencies and local government units (LGUs).
“The NTF-ELCAC is the best venue where good governance integration and collaboration of all agencies will be there. NTF-ELCAC is the solution in ending the communist terrorist group.” Galvez concluded. (ai/mtvn)