On Saturday, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) chairperson RenatO Reyes said soon-to-be President Rodrigo Duterte can do more for the peace process in his 100 days in office than Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.
“Duterte has committed to release all political prisoners as a confidence-building measure. In an unprecedented move, he has offered cabinet positions to the Left, more than what was ever given by any post-EDSA regime. In contrast, Aquino continues to avoid any responsibility for his failed handling of the peace talks with the NDF (National Democratic Front),” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
“When it comes to the peace process with the NDF, Duterte and the haciendero president are poles apart,” Reyes added.
Renato Reyes also said Aquino was ‘not serious at all’ in peace talks, which he said was the reason why back-channel efforts failed.
“Even in his last days in office, ‘Boy Sisi’ continues to blame everyone but himself. He fails to understand the importance in the peace talks of upholding previously signed agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. Noynoy excelled in violating the JASIG and the agreement on respect for human rights, and thus accumulated so many political prisoners, 18 of whom are NDFP consultants,” he said.
source: Philippine Daily Inquirer