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AFP sees chance for localized surrender talks after Joma Sison’s death


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In this March 29, 2020 file photo, members of the New People's Army mark the rebel group's 51st anniversary.

Photo courtesy of Visayas Today / Nonoy Espina, file


MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines said Monday that it sees an opportunity to reach out to local units of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, to encourage them to surrender to the government following the death of their founding chairperson, Jose Maria Sison.


"The lack of Joma is actually an opportunity for us, for all of us in the government to reach out to local leaders of the CPP-NPA," Col. Medel Aguilar, military spokesperson, told ABS-CBN News Channel’s "Rundown."


The CPP has said that holding the localized talks will not address the root causes of the decades-long insurgency and has stood firm that any talks would be through the National Democratic Fronf of the Philippines.


Full Story: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/12/26/2233376/afp-sees-chance-localized-surrender-talks-after-joma-sisons-death


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