Tuburan Mayor Diamante supports localized peace talks

Tuburan Mayor Diamante supports localized peace talks

By Junex Doronio
August 2, 2022

TUBURAN, Cebu — Recognized for having transformed a rebel-infested town into a peaceful and developed second class municipality, Mayor Democrito “Aljun” Diamante has aired support for localized peace talks to end the 53-year-old Maoist insurgency.

Diamante, former president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Cebu Chapter, told Maharlika TV that many of the rebels were forced to take up arms because of injustice and military abuses that are now a thing of the past.

To recall, sometime in April 2011, Diamante facilitated the peaceful surrender of 21-year-old Dennis dela Cerna Basera, also known as Kumander Orig and James, vice commanding officer of platoon of Guerilla Front 18 of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Davao Oriental.

Founded on March 29, 1969, by the collaboration of Jose Maria Sison and former members of the Hukbalahap led by Bernabe Buscayno, the NPA has since waged a guerrilla war based on the Maoist strategy of protracted people’s war.

Buscayno has reportedly left the NPA “in disillusion” while Sison is now “comfortably living” in The Netherlands since 1987 after he was freed from detention by then President Cory Aquino.

Earlier, Senator Robinhood “Robin” Padilla thumbed down any prospect of holding peace talks outside the country.

“Sa usapang pupunta pa ang GPH (government of the Philippines) sa ibang bansa at doon tayo mag-peace talks, nagawa na po namin ‘yan at walang nangyari,” Padilla said.

The reputed Prince of Philippine Action Movies who emerged number one in the recently-concluded senatorial race said what will work in the government’s conflict with the communist rebels is “localized peace talks, with negotiators going straight to the people.”

This concept was also strongly supported by the socialist humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO).

Founded by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu on July 7 this year coinciflding with the 130th foundation of the Katipunan, MASO pointed out that the armed struggle being waged for 53 long years by the CPP-NPA is a “local issue, not an international one.” (ai/mtvn)

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