Duterte threatens to kill Sec. Bello… was he joking?
Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III got a fair warning against President Duterte on Monday (Dec. 19, 2016) not to surrender portions of Mindanao to the communist or face death.
Known for his colorful language, Duterte made the statement during the awarding ceremonies for outstanding Filipino overseas workers and foreign groups who help distraught Filipinos here.
“…I intend to solve — we are now talking to the communists. For the first time they have agreed to talk in Norway who provided the good offices for them to meet and discuss,” he said.
Since he assumed the presidency, Duterte has initiated peace talks with the CPP-New People’s Army.
“Secretary Bello is also one of the panelists on the government side. I think he conceded the island of Mindanao to them and I said, ‘Bello, if you do that, I’ll kill you also,” he said, eliciting laughter from the audience.
“This Republic will remain to be a republic and I will protect for the love of my fellowmen, just like what you do. I will protect the innocent lives. I will not allow that they go crazy,” Duterte said.