According to presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, Aquino administration has decided that there are no practical outcomes of the talks with Netherlands, especially CPP Chairman Jose Maria Sison.
“They were the ones who suggested the special track. When we talked to them, we heard jargons that were already passé: national industrialization,” said Lacierda. “They seemed to have not moved on. So how does one talk in a present setting with people who are still in the 50s or in the 60s perspective?”
“We encourage the military (to hold localized talks) so that there will be peace in their areas of responsibility. If you are going to wait (for the impasse in the national level to be resolved), it will take long before the instruction is relayed (to the ground). If you are a commander and you want peace, you should talk to them (rebels),” he said.