PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and spokesperson of the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Lorraine Badoy, in a statement, categorically dismissed the possibility of the government reviving the peace talks with communist rebels.
Undersecretary Badoy also took a swipe at the members of the Makabayan Bloc for supposedly using the death of Far Eastern University football team member Kieth Absalon and his cousin in Masbate to convince the government to go back to the negotiation table with the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“Our President has already spoken, mga Kas. There will not now or ever be – while he sits as President—any peace talks with you liars. So you can kiss that terrorist pipe dream goodbye,” Badoy said.
“The Philippine government pisses on your phoney piss talks that we entered into with complete sincerity while your side made sure the body count of our men and women in uniform reached sky-high while we were talking peace,” she added.
The Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives earlier said the Absalons’ deaths and the rising number of international law violations should compel the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines “to reopen the formal peace negotiations and to fully address the root causes of the raging armed conflict.“
She also assailed the opposition congressmen, whom she described as shameless in dragging the incident to push the goals of the CPP by manipulating the government to resume peace talks.