GPH to hold peace consultation with military, police in Davao

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A March 16, 2011 press release by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Davao City – The government is set to conduct its next round of consultation tomorrow with members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) on the ongoing peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
The consultation is a coordinative mechanism of the government to ensure continuing dialogue and cooperation in support of the peace process with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
It will be held at the Commission on Audit headquarters in this district.
The government panel, led by Alexander Padilla, will share the results of the formal talks held on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway.
They will directly engage with the local AFP and PNP Commanders in this conflict-affected area.
On the other hand, the AFP and PNP will present their assessment of the ceasefire implementation during the recently concluded talks, as well as the Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) and Suspension of Police Operations (SOPO).
The government and the NDF have agreed to an 18-month timeframe to complete the agreements on substantive agenda, such as socioeconomic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, and cessation of hostilities and disposition of forces, in hopes of ending the armed conflict that has spanned more than four decades.