PRRD warns mayors against supporting Reds

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Dutertegave mayors a warning against supporting communist rebels.

The President said the local government officials would "lose everything" if they would collide with the communists who are considered enemies of the state.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

"Please do not, do not associate yourselves with the Communist Party of the Philippines. Never give them aid and never give them favor. It will be to your chagrin at the end of the day if you do that," he said before an assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Visayas cluster in Cebu Tuesday night.

"You will lose everything there. you will lose power over the police... Kung magkausap tayo, I will not be nasty but huwag kasi kalaban 'yan," he said.

Duterte lamented that he has lost many police and soldiers in the attacks perpetrated by the communists. "Hindi ko na ma-correct yan peace talks, peace talks," he added.

The President earlier announced that he has terminated peace talks with the communists not only due to their deadly attacks on troops but their demand for a coalition government. Duterte said the government would instead resume the fight against the communist rebels who appeared insincere in the resuming the peace negotiations.

At the same event, the President called on the local chief executives to raise the bar on governance, particularly in the fight against illegal drugs and corruption. He said they should improve their performance and enforce the law in their areas of jurisdiction.

"I expect you to go one bar, two bars higher in governance," he said.

"If there's a drug problem which you cannot solve, you go to (Interior and Local Government) Secretary Año. Tell him the problem and he will solve it for you," he added.

Duterte also asked the mayors not to get involved in illegal drug trade and corruption. He said he would not help them in case they get embroiled in court cases for involvement in such offenses.