Duterte: Sison should not come home if peace talks fail again

Published June 4, 2018, 10:56 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison should never return to the country if the renewed efforts for the peace negotiations between the government and the Reds will fail.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018, declares that he is willing to hand down government-owned land that are deemed unused or unproductive to the farmers. The President, however, was quick to add that he needs the cooperation of congress for the reform of government-owned lands. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte made the statement as he reiterated that more businesses would come in Mindanao if there will be peace in the island.

The President said that they are trying to succeed in the talks with the communist rebels in order to achieve a business-friendly Mindanao.

“Hindi muna maka-access doon ngayon kasi magulo (We can’t access some areas there because there’s still disorder). So we are trying to find out if we can succeed in the talks with the Communist Party,” Duterte said.

Duterte also reiterated that his invitation for Sison to return to the Philippines for the talks remains opens, but said he still got no word from his former professor.

“I have invited Sison. I do not have the clear answer,” he said.

“If you come home, I will guarantee your safety and your security. If the talks fail, I’d be glad to escort you here and see you leave the Philippine territory pero sana huwag ka nang bumalik (but I hope that you never come back),” he added.

Duterte also stressed that he means it when he said that Sison should not return, noting of the many resources and lives lost in the war with the Reds.

“Sana matagumpay. Pero kung hindi naman, sabihin ko na lang sa iyo na huwag ka nang bumalik (I hope this succeeds. But if not, then I tell you, never return),” he said.

“Let’s end this by just shaking our hands and we will resume the violent war. It leaves us no other alternative,” he added.

Duterte reassured the Reds of their security, safety, and even billeting should they decide to engage the government in the renewed efforts for peace.

“But my condition is that no demand for coalition. That is not acceptable to me at all and any other group for that matter asking autonomy,” he said.

Last week, Duterte assured Sison that he will not be assassinated like the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. who was fatally shot upon his return to Manila in 1983.

Last month, Duterte said he ordered the resumption of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) because it is his duty to ensure that the Philippines is a peaceful country.

He terminated the peace talks with the Reds in November last year, citing also their alleged ceasefire violations and insincerity to the negotiations.

 
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