Robin backs regionalized talks with Reds

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ESCALANTE CITYRobin Padilla admits he is “but an action star, sa pelikula lang ang bakbakan (action is only in the movies),” but ask him about the conflict in Negros island and he has a thing or two to say.

One, to the former “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema, the land problem must be resolved, especially in Negros where the disparity in ownership has led to a simmering armed insurgency

Two, he told DNX, peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, must be regionalized.

BINOE WANTS LOCALIZED TALKS: Action star and former "Bad Boy" of Philippine cinema Robin Padilla agrees to localized talks with Communist rebels. He is shown here giving a message as a reserve Army captain 20 September 2019 during the 34th commemoration of the Escalante Massacre. | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
BINOE WANTS LOCALIZED TALKS: Action star and former “Bad Boy” of Philippine cinema Robin Padilla agrees to localized talks with Communist rebels. He is shown here giving a message as a reserve Army captain 20 September 2019 during the 34th commemoration of the Escalante Massacre. | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

That is it must be done according to geographical location, culture, language or tradition, Padilla explained.

The actor, who converted to Islam while serving his prison term, offered to negotiate peace with Moro separatists in 1999 during the term of then President Joseph Estrada.

Asked about the need to address the land ownership problem in Negros, where only a few families own vast tracts of land, Padilla said he agrees with those who think that it is the root cause of unrest.

“It should be resolved,” he said but did not elaborate how it can be done but added “we should always talk about the root.”

Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, which boasts of leading the longest-running insurgency in Asia, have been going on intermittently since 1986 when Corazon Aquino became president after the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was ousted in a civilian-backed military uprising.

It has hit snags over more than 30 years and six presidents that led to suspensions of talks first hosted by The Netherlands.

The CPP and its military arm, the New People’s Army, is represented by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

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  1. […] Padilla came to Escalante City last month for the 34th year commemoration of the Escalante Massacre, an incident on September 20, 1985 during which paramilitary personnel fired on protesters on the second day of a people’s strike against the Marcos dictatorship. Padilla also led a public relations campaign for the Armed Forces in that city. […]

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