By News5 | InterAksyon
| November 23, 2017, 10:39 AM
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to go after organizations he claims are “legal fronts” of the communist revolutionary movement following his cancellation of peace talks with the rebels can only drive more people to armed struggle.
“Gusto niyang mag-rebolusyon lahat ng tao (He wants everyone to revolt),” Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. Sison told News5 in an interview.
“O sige, pumatay siya, mangkulong siya, mag-kidnap siya sa mga nagliligal na demokratikong pwersa, tingnan natin (Go ahead, let him kill, jail, kidnap those in the legal democratic force, let us see),” Sison said as he called Duterte’s threat “isa na namang pambababoy (another maligning)” of the legal mass movement.
He also scoffed at the “terrorist” label Duterte has pinned on the communist movement, noting that government forces have killed more civilians.
THE NEWS5 INTERVIEW WITH SISON:
“Ang Philippine Army maraming pinatay, mga matatanda na walang laban, mga kababaihan … Daan–daan ‘yung pinagpapaslang na magsasaka at libu-libo ‘yung pinaslang na walang laban sa sinabing ano, drug user (The Philippine Army has killed so many, the defenseless elderly , women … Hundreds of farmers have been killed and thousands of defenseless alleged drug users),” Sison said.
During a tribute to fallen soldiers on Tuesday, Duterte said: “As of yesterday, I have decided to cut talks with the NPAs (New People’s Army) … I told (presidential peace adviser Jesus) Dureza and government chief negotiator (Silvestre) Bello: ‘You tell the guys there in Netherlands, I am no longer available for any official talk. Giyera na lang tayo (Let’s just wage war).”
On Wednesday, Dureza released this statement: “We are hereby announcing today the cancellation of all planned meetings with the CPP/NPA/NDF (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) in line with President Duterte’s directive that there will be no more peace talks with them.”