Apr. 22, 2017: Joma Sison to Gina Lopez: Make a presentation

Apr. 22, 2017: Joma Sison to Gina Lopez: Make a presentation

LUCENA CITY — The founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and an official of the social development arm of the Catholic Church on Friday welcomed a plan by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to work with rebels in mining communities in Agusan del Sur province.

CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison urged Lopez to present her plans to the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which has resumed peace talks with the government to end the nearly 50-year-old insurgency in the Philippines.

“It would be fine if the NDFP negotiating panel becomes well informed about the area development plan being proposed by [Department of Environment and Natural Resources] Secretary Gina Lopez,” Sison said in an online interview on Friday.

“The desire of [Lopez] to work with the [New People’s Army] for peace and development is welcomed by the NDFP,” he said

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