NDFP slams allegations of fractiousness

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NDFP panel in Rome, Italy for the 3rd round peace talks. AlterMidya Photo

By BicolToday.com News Team

LEGAZPI CITY, 23January 2017 (BicolToday.com) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) denounced allegations that the revolutionary organization is split into three factions with regard to its attitude towards the peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

An article posted on Wednesday’s issue of the Manila Standard citing spurious sources alleged that a faction led by NDFP Senior Adviser Luis Jalandoni and Chief Political Consultant Jose Ma. Sison wants a negotiated settlement; that a second faction led by Benito and Wilma Tiamzon merely wants the release of all political prisoners; and a third faction led by NPA National Operational Command chief Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos wants to pursue the armed struggle.

“It appears that they are not united on some key issues,” the source said based on the report of Manila Standard.

The report added that the sources noted that there is even growing criticism of the Tiamzons who supposedly flew business class on an Emirates flight to Rome on Jan. 14 while other members of their negotiating panel got economy seats for the 3rd rounds of peace talks with the Duterte administration.

“This rehash of the old military psywar line,” said NDFP peace panel chair Fidel Agcaoili, “is nothing but an attempt to sow intrigues against the revolutionary movement and derail the peace negotiations.”

“The NDFP will not be distracted by such baseless intrigues in its objective of engaging the GRP in peace negotiations to attain the maximum possible benefits for the Filipino people,” said Agcaoili. [BicolToday.com]

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