Published April 28, 2016 8:35am
Updated April 28, 2016 10:52am
A ceasefire between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Philippine government is possible if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is elected president, said CPP founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.
In an interview with GMA News aired on Unang Balita on Thursday, Sison said he had a conversation with Duterte recently and they were able to discuss several issues.
He said the issues include a dialogue between CPP and the national government and the release of political prisoners from past administrations.
Sison added that he may return to the country, after two decades of living in exile in the Netherlands.
The CPP was organized more than 47 years ago while the Philippine government ended formal peace talks with the communist party in April 2013.
Duterte is close to the revolutionary movement and is a former student of Sison at the Lyceum of the Philippines.
If Duterte wins, Sison said he is confident that the Davao politician will be able to fulfill his promises.
On Wednesday, Duterte said he is planning a revolutionary government since the current Constitution could no longer address the problems of the country.
“Ako magtindog ug bag-o nga gobyerno. Haros jud ni. Ilisdan nako ning gobyerno. Magrebolusyon ko kung naa nako didto kay dili ni para sa tao. Dili ni matabang kaning Konstitusyon nato. Wala gyud [Magtatayo ako ng bagong gobyerno. Sira talaga ito. Papalitan ko itong gobyernong ito. Magrebolusyon ako kapag nandoon na ako kasi hindi na ito para sa tao. Hindi ito kayang solusyonan ng Konstitusyon natin. Hindi talaga],” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
Before deciding to run for president, Duterte has expressed his desire to set up a revolutionary government to pave the way for a federal form of government.
“Pag naa nako, muingon ko na, I will revolt from the inside, dili revolt na magpatay ta. Naa nakoy back-up sa katawhan, back up sa tanan, ang military, pulis musunod na na [Kapag nandoon na ako, I will revolt from the inside, hindi revolt na magpatayan tayo. Kapag may back-up ako sa tao, sa lahat, ang military, pulis susunod na iyan],” he said.
His rivals slammed his pronouncement.
Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said that it only proved how problematic the Duterte-NPA connection is.
“Napatunayan ang koneksyon ng NPA, ng mga komunistang NPA sa kay Mayor Duterte. Kung gusto ninyo manaig ang komunisto dito sa ating bansa, kung gusto ninyo na lumakas ang boses ng NPA na rebelde sa ating bansa, malinaw kung sino ang dapat ninyong piliin,” he said.
Vice President Jejomar Binay then said that a radical change is not the answer to the country’s problems.
“Rebolusyon o radical change, iyon ba ang pagsagot sa problema sa pamamahala, eh papatayin ang tao? Nakakatakot naman iyon,” he said.
Senator Grace Poe then told the mayor not to play with the feelings of the people by flip-flopping on his statements.
“Iyon na nga ang palaging sinasabi niya—bubuwagin, tatanggalin. Ah bukas, hindi. Huwag namang paglaruan ang damdamin natin. Mabuti nga maraming naniniwala sa kanya. Sana patunayan niya na talagang kapani-paniwala at tapat ang sinasabi niya,” Poe said.
The Palace, meanwhile, earlier expressed alarm at a photo taken Monday of Duterte speaking before rebels with the CPP flag in the background behind him.
It was taken when the CPP released five policemen it held. —BAP/KG, GMA News