OPAPRU secretary Carlito Galvez explains the role of the government’s localized peace initiatives (LPE) in the achievement of peace and the end of the communist insurgency. (Photo: Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process)
By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. has reiterated his call for localized peace engagements (LPEs) under the National Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) saying this has been proven to be the most effective way of addressing the decades-long communist insurgency in the Philippines.
Galvez, who has been retained at his post by the Marcos administration, also stressed the need to end all local conflicts and promote peace for the government to achieve its economic and development agenda.
According to Galvez, the conduct of LPEs has certainly shown much success in this aspect of governance as it has enabled the government to decisively push forward the country’s national agenda and achieve more concrete results as compared to national-level peace talks that were held before.
“For more than 50 years and of all the mechanisms we have utilized to put an end to the communist rebellion, we saw that the LPE was indeed the most effective approach in addressing the root causes of the armed conflict,” Galvez pointed out.
“Unlike the national peace talks which have been weaponized and exploited by the left, the LPE has no obscure agenda rather than achieving genuine peace. All agreements made by the CPP-NPA rejectionist factions under LPE adhere to the Philippine Constitution and democratic processes,” he added.
The former Army general also said he believes that it would be pointless and unproductive for the government’s peace panel to engage the leadership of the communist group in peace talks and he would rather discuss peace overtures with its lowly members who are really the ones in the frontlines in their military activities and operations.
“These people (in the higher echelons of the CPP leadership) are unrealistic and not grounded. While these personalities enjoy a comfortable and luxurious life in another land abroad, the people who are allegedly fighting for their cause are fighting and dying on the fringes. We simply cannot deal with this kind of leadership that does not have a clear sense of what is actually happening on the ground. The government will only be placing itself at the losing end,” Galvez stressed. (ai/mtvn)