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Philippine gov't denies sabotaging peace talks with leftist rebels


10:34, June 16, 2013

MANILA, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Beningo S. Aquino's chief peace adviser was not sabotaging the peace process with the leftist rebels contrary to the latter's claim, a senior government official said Saturday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, in an interview over a state-run radio station, said that nobody would believe in the claim of Fidel Agcaoili, spokesman of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), that Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles "has been sabotaging the peace talks."

"It's very clear that in every step that we have taken since the president assumed office, in reference to this particular negotiation, we have shown our good faith and sincerity in talking to the other side," she said.

"Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for them," Valte said, citing the attacks that the leftist rebels had perpetrated against the civilians.

"We don't see why Secretary Deles has to be at the forefront of that particular statement when she has been working to make sure that we have resolution in our talks...the government is not the one who is lacking in sincerity," she explained.

Agcaoili accused Deles of sabotaging the peace process after her recent statement, saying that the CPP-NPA-NDF had designed the peace process to be unending.

"In fact, what Deles wants is a permanent end to the peace negotiations...(she) has had one singular aim in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP -- the capitulation and pacification of the revolutionary movement," the NDF official said.

The peace talks between the government and the NDF bogged down in February after both sides did not agree on some terms of the negotiation. The Aquino administration said that it would develop a new approach to end the over four decades armed conflict with the leftist rebels.

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