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Masyado kasing demanding: Duterte unsure if talks with Reds can be revived

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President Rodrigo Duterte is uncertain if peace talks with communists can be restarted considering their demand for a coalition government.

In a speech Thursday (January 11), Duterte reiterated his stand that having a coalition government is out of the question.

“The rule here in this country, the Constitution, that if you want to get hold of the sovereign power of the state, if you want to exercise it, you go to the people and get yourself elected… Sovereignty cannot just be shared by anybody without the mandate of the people,” he said.

Duterte said the government cannot share its powers with “a group of persons pretending to be a force.”

He noted that while he was friends with the communists when he was mayor of Davao City, he cannot simply give in to his demands now that he is President.

“Noon, mayor lang ako and the sovereign rights that I exercise was just a very limited one with a limited area and power,” Duterte said.

“So we have cut the talks now. I don’t know if it would still be or can be revived,” he added.

Duterte ended the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front over their alleged demand for a coalition government and the attaacks of communist rebels on troops.