Legazpi City (Nov. 21, 2016) – A member of the Philippine peace negotiation panel believes that the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani would have little effect on the on-going talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF).
Speaking on a radio interview, Sec. Silvestre Bello III says that both parties (the Philippine government and the NDF) know the importance of the meetings.
Bello said that the present discussions is a bigger issue than the burial of the former president.
He clarified that they have been primarily discussing the root causes of the decades-long conflict between the government and the rebels.
Bello hopes that these series of sessions would ultimately lead to the drafting of a final peace agreement between the two groups.
This was the reaction of the secretary to apprehensions that the issue of the burial of the former president might derail the peace process.
Several militant groups linked to the NDF have already made public announcements condemning the interment.
The event has sparked a continuous stream of protests across the country after the Supreme Court decided on the matter.
President Rodrigo Duterte was not spared from criticisms after he endorsed the burial of former president Marcos. (J. Garalde)