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SEC BELLO: CPP LEADER WELCOMING PRIVATE TALK WITH PRES. DUTERTE 'A GOOD NEWS'



It was a new sign of hope for the government's Chief negotiator, labor secretary Silvestre Bello III as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Joma Sison welcomed a private talk with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sison's remark followed the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday that the president is open to have a private conversation with the CPP leader.

According to Bello, Sison's remark was a 'good news' to the status of relations between the leftist group and the government.

The Chief negotiator said, the possible one-on-one talk can happen anytime soon in a neighboring country as requested by Sison who has been in self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987.

But Bello stressed, the talk does not have to be a face-to-face meeting.

However, the Chief negotiator also clarified, the looming private talk between the two leaders should not be a pre-condition to the resumption of peace talks between the CPP and the government.

It can be recalled that on Tuesday, Roque stressed. the possible resumption of peace talks is still closed for now, unless the CPP and its armed wing New People's Army will show humility.