GRP cancels backchannel talks with rebels following attacks

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza announced the cancellation of the backchannel talks between the government and the national Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines due to the recent attacks.

In his Facebook page, Dureza posted:

Dureza cited the attacks by the New People’s Army Wednesday as among the reasons for the cancellation.

Members of the New People’s Army ambushed the convoy of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) en route to Cagayan de Oro Wednesday morning along highway in Barangay Gambodes, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato.

Gambodes is located in the tri-boundary of Davao-North Cotabato and Bukidnon.

The rebels reportedly clad in Task Force Davao Uniform staged a checkpoint in the area.

Dureza emphasized there is a need to stabilize the ground before a peace talk can start.

Backchannel talks commenced after the 5th Round of talks was cancelled in May.

(http://newsline.ph/top-stories/2017/05/27/grp-cancels-5th-round-of-talks-with-communist/)

It can be recalled that the GRP cancelled the 5th round of talks on May 26 after two improvized explosive devices exploded in outskirt municipalities of North Cotabato wounding four policemen.

The 5th round of talks was supposed to start today May 27 to June 1 in the Netherlands but unresolved issued involving conditions prompted the government to withdraw from the table.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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