Duterte tells gov’t forces: End communist insurgency before my term ends

Published March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte asked the military to just end the communist insurgency in the country before his term ends or the next generation will have to continue suffering from it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and terrorists continue to cause trouble in Mindanao.

“Though they seldom venture out from their lairs in the southern Philippines, when they do, they create so much chaos and mayhem, loss of lives and a great agony inflicted on the communities na tinamaan (affected),” he said.

“Frankly, I have asked the military and the police, kung kaya ninyong tapusin, tapusin na ninyo ngayon. Kung hindi ko ito matapos (if you can, just finish it already. Because if not), then I’ll have to pass this problem on to the next generation,” he added.

Duterte said the Philippines can never really prosper as long as communist rebels continue with their terrorist activities.

“Without law and order, if we continue to harvest the atrocities of the communists and allow them to rule our lives, and they are a very minority, and yet we cannot proceed even ‘yung may mga pera sana (those with the resources to do so),” he said.

Last year, President Duterte said he intends to resume the formal peace negotiations with the CPP after scrapping it in 2017 due to their insincerity. The government continued to talk peace with communist rebels but through localized peace talks.

Last month, Peace Process Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) was starting to become irrelevant with the number of rebels surrendering to the government.

“The number of rebel returnees grows day by day because they have realized that the government already has programs and policies in place that aim to address their needs and general welfare. Hence, there is no more reason for them to bear arms and pursue armed struggle,” he said.

“The armed struggle has no legitimacy in a civilized society. Armed violence is an anathema of peace and development, and the CPP-NPA should be disbanded,” he added.

 
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