After hitting a snag on the JASIG issue, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan visited National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) headquarters in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on July 7, 2011 in the hope that the kinks that have led to the postponement of the talks could be ironed out and that the peace talks could proceed.
“Nagkaroon ng aberya. We took the initiative to go there after conferring with our government representatives,” said Pangilinan.
Pangilinan presented his proposals for solving socio-economic and political problems to NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Luis Jalandoni and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison. The NDFP said in a statement that they will seriously study Pangilinan’s proposal. Jalandoni agreed with Pangilinan that there is urgent need for peace negotiations to move forward as the Philippines face mounting problems and the Filipino people are crying out louder now for genuine reforms to be instituted under the leadership PNoy.
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