Peace talks in jeopardy over Red’s imminent terror tag

MANILA, Philippines — The government peace panel will no longer resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) once President Duterte declares the group a terrorist organization.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, chair of the government panel, said the declaration of the NDF and its armed wing as a terrorist group is tantamount to scrapping the peace negotiations. X

The NDF is the umbrella of all communist groups in the country, including front organizations. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is its political arm, while the New People’s Army (NPA) is the armed wing.

“If the CPP-NPA is eventually declared as terrorist group, it would probably bring about the official termination of the peace talks,” Bello told The STAR.

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