[Under the banner of “defending national interests” against China, the first steps toward an alliance between the US’ comprador/puppet Philippine regime of President Aquino, and the Communist Party of the Philippines are being given public expression. See, below, news of the government response to the offer made by Jose Maria Sison a few days ago. Sison’s speech, given in the Netherlands but transmitted online to a National Security Program at the AFP HQ Camp Aguinaldo in the Philippines, is posted under the news article, below. — Frontlines ed.]
“Govt open to alliance with Reds”
Manila Standard Today, May 2nd, 2012, by Joyce Pangco Panares
The Aquino administration is open to forging an alliance with the communists, the government’s chief negotiator, Alexander Padilla, said Tuesday.He said the government was open to accepting suggestions from “a recommendatory body” created by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.Communist Party founding chairman Jose Maria Sison on Monday renewed his offer of an alliance and a truce with the government through a “special track” in the negotiations, but dropped a proposal for a coalition.Sison made the offer in an online lecture before the National Defense College of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, a copy of which was e-mailed to the Manila Standard.
Padilla described Sison’s offer as “doable.”
“It is possible that a recommendatory body by them may be formed. If they are pushing for this special track, we are open to this. We find this more welcome than their earlier proposal for a coalition,” Padilla said.
“But let me make it clear we are only talking of an alliance here. We are not talking of coalition or power sharing or giving Cabinet posts to the CPP-NDFP.
Sison expressed optimism that the peace talks, which have been stalled for 14 months, could still be revived through the special track.
“I urge no less than the President of the government of the Philippines to muster the political will to do his crucial part in making the regular and special tracks succeed,” he said. Continue reading