November 23, 2017/
National Democratic Front of the Philippines Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison said the Filipino people are left with no choice but to resist the country’s “number one terrorist” who is setting up a “fascist dictatorship”: Rodrigo Duterte.
In a strongly-worded statement following his former student’s threats against the Left, Sison said Duterte is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected of being drug users and pushers.
Sison added Duterte is also culpable for the murder of peasants and indigenous peoples in suspect guerilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiya from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi Cuty to the present in several Bangsamoro areas.
“Duterte´s bloodlust and mania for mass murder are boundless,” Sison said Thursday.
Reacting to Duterte’s latest threats to label the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorists and to arrest activists, Sison slammed Duterte as “utterly malicious and shameless.”
Sison said Duterte expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship.
Duterte also cancelled “planned meetings” for the resumption of formal peace negotiations with the NDFP.
In a speech before soldiers in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija Wednesday, Duterte against threatened to tag all so-called legal fronts of the New People’s Army as criminals and have them arrested for conspiracy even as he reiterated he would soon declare the NPA as a terror group.
“We will treat you as criminals. We will arrest you, including legal fronts, legal fronts helping to topple government…sow terror,” Duterte said.
But Sison said it is Duterte who is “already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat.”
These characteristics as well as the so-called chronic crisis of the ruling system in the Philippines will limit Duterte’s ability to stay in power and will only accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against “his rule of greed and terror,” Sison added.
“As when Marcos imposed fascist dictatorship on the Philippines in 1972, the revolutionary forces, the legal democratic forces and the broad masses of the people now have no choice but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy,” Sison said.
The CPP founder said the people and revolutionary forces are forced to intensify the “people´s war” through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas.
“The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army (NPA),” he added.
Sison also alleged there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt” character of the Duterte regime even within the armed forces and police.
“Duterte is now worried to death by his own fear that anti-Duterte officers within his own army and police are inclined to act in the name of the people and unite with the broad opposition and mass movement in order to end the Duterte regime in the same manner that the Marcos and Estrada regimes were ended,” Sison said. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)