NDFP-GPH peace talks’ resumption hailed
Filipino workers welcome the resumption of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. We support the efforts of the GPH under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the NDFP to address the root causes of the armed conflict in the country towards attaining a just and lasting peace.
We also welcome the incoming Duterte administration’s commitment to release detained NDFP consultants and all political prisoners as a gesture of goodwill. Among the more than 500 political prisoners are unionists and labor rights advocates who were illegally arrested and charged with trumped-up cases for standing up for workers’ rights and welfare.
We hope that the peace talks would serve as a venue to raise the just demands of Filipino workers for a National Minimum Wage in the amount of P750 daily, regular employment, free exercise of trade-union rights, among others.
Filipino workers are looking forward to a government of national unity, peace and development under the Duterte administration. Workers and all Filipinos need a government that is united in standing up for national sovereignty and patrimony against foreign domination and control, for development through genuine land reform and national industrialization, and for peace based on social justice.
We are also looking forward to the signing of an agreement on social and economic reforms and hope that the GPH would accept the NDFP’s draft for the implementation of genuine land reform and national industrialization which would address the root causes of the armed conflict and are key economic reforms that would bring about sustainable and genuine development to the country.
Amidst these positive developments, we are calling on Filipino workers to be vigilant against any attempt of the US government and rightists in the Philippine government to sabotage the peace process.