MANILA, September 26, 2016 (PNA) — Officials of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on Monday, a month after they joined government peace negotiators in Norway.
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In a short press conference at the Palace’s Heroes Hall after presiding over the induction of officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Duterte said the NDFP hierarchy had wanted to talk to him in Davao City last week but he was short of time.
”So I said (we should) rather talk here (in Malacañang),” he said.
The President said it was the NDFP that requested a meeting with him.
”So this would really be the first time that the enemies of the State are here for its part of what you would call civility. Just because we are in a war doesn’t mean to say that we have to be war at all times. We can always talk and maybe, just maybe, it will bring peace to the land,” he said.
Duterte said the communist leaders include Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) chair Benito Tiamzon and wife Wilma, who is the group’s secretary-general.
The two were part of the CPP-NPA-NDFP delegation that traveled to Oslo, Norway last August 20 for the resumption of peace negotiations. (PNA)