The military says localized peace talks will benefit the communities



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The army in the western province of Negros is capable of localized peace talks, supported by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Colonel Colonel Igberto Dacoscos, commander of the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, based in Isabella, Negros Occidental, said localized peace talks in the province would be very important because of the presence of the Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros, the local NPA, the armed wing of the Communist the Philippines.

"We believe that localized peace talks will be more effective by involving local government units and other stakeholders, as they will also include local communities that are usually affected by disruptions to peace and order in their respective places." Dacoscos said.

He also cited the incentive package provided by Gov Alfredo MaraƱon Jr. for members of the NPA rebels who will return to the government.

"Benefits go directly to communities so they truly feel their involvement in localized peace talks," added Dacoscos.

Meanwhile, Dacoscos said that the military in the province is conducting focused military operations in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the NPA on March 29th.

"We have fierce combat operations to prevent any plans by NPA rebels to trigger injuries on Negros, especially in our area covering the fifth and sixth district," said Dacoscos.

He said that the army had already identified possible areas where rebels could conduct combat operations in celebrating the anniversary of the establishment.

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