The Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa -Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (Tabara- Paduano wing) yesterday expressed its appreciation for the concern of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. about the slow pace in the signing of the closure peace agreement.
However, much still needs to be done, not only for the signing of the closure agreement, but, more importantly, in the implementation of its provisions, RPA-ABB spokesperson Victorino Sumulong said.
Sumulong called on the provincial government and other local government units to actively partake in the process to fast-track the signing of the closure agreement, especially on concerns and issues of the provisions within their mandate and coverage.
The RPM-RPA-ABB, that has 716 members as profiled by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, entered into a peace agreement with the government in year 2000.They possessed more than 700 firearms and explosives then.
“The long wait of our group has been wrought with not a few challenges and has demanded much sacrifice from us in sweat and blood,” Sumulong said.
But he added “We are one with our democratic and sincere government counterparts in the peace talks from the national government down to the local level with the civil servants, and the military forces within them, in saying that the work for peace is at times more difficult than making war”.
So to the impact of crisis and power play, sincerity and political will of government leaders and the aggressiveness of the CPP-NPA, Sumulong admitted that “We have to internally confront questions and doubts of our members on the correctness of pursuing the peace process”.
“We are in unison with the Governor in calling for more work than talk and his display is in the proper perspective because more than 70 percent of the armed forces of the RPMP-RPA-ABB are based in Negros Occidental,” he added.
The changing of the name of the RPA-ABB armed group to KPP, or Brotherhood for Social Progress, is in line with the goal of the government to transform the group into a legitimate socio-economic and political organization. *GPB