By Jelly F. Musico
Senator Panfilo Lacson said the President made the right decision since the ultimatum was made six days after he declared the ceasefire and the NPA rebels even ambushed the government militiamen.
”The President already gave his word to set an ultimatum at 5 p.m. Because of the ambush, he said that if they (rebels) will not reciprocate, he will revoke the ceasefire. Siguro taliwas sa kanyang character na pag nagbitaw ng salita na pag sinabi niya, talagang alam nating gagawin niya,” Lacson said.Lacson criticized the CPP-NPA-NDF for announcing in the media that they are supposed to declare ceasefire only three hours after the 5 p.m. ultimatum expired.
”The President declared the ceasefire 25 (of July) but they did not reciprocate. Now that it was lifted after the ultimatum lapsed, they said they would call a ceasefire at 8 p.m. Stupid is just a common phrase. It’s not literal (that they would declare ceasefire),” Lacson said.
Lacson said the CPP-NPA-NDF should declare its own ceasefire as a show of their goodwill and good faith.
Neophyte Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed optimism that the peace agreement between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF will be achieved expeditiously “with President Digong’s showing of goodwill.”
”The NDF should also move expeditiously to achieve peace. President Digong is their only chance to achieve peace. He is the only President that sympathizers with their cause and movement,” Gatchalian said.
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said President Duterte had little choice when he set the ultimatum after the attack of the government militiamen, “especially as the President has been making a tour of military camps.”
”Hopefully both sides can engage in confidence building measures in the run up to the peace talks,” Angara said.
Dureza has said President Duterte will continue to walk the extra mile to achieve peace with the communist rebels.
He added that he will make his corresponding recommendations to President Duterte during the scheduled Cabinet meeting on Monday. (PNA)