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After meeting with Communist Party of China, Duterte says communism needs to be destroyed

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By Xave Gregorio

A few days after he met with members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), President Rodrigo Duterte said communism must be destroyed.

In a speech at a Philippine Amusement and Gamin Corporation event on Thursday (January 12), Duterte likened communism to radical Islamic ideology, which needs to be destroyed.

“This will go on and on and to my simply mind, I’d give it about— it would be existing and a very virulent one for, maybe, give or take, three to seven years unless we have… unless we can destroy really,” Duterte said.

“It’s an idea, which has to be destroyed just like the communists. That is why we are fighting the NPAs (New People’s Army) again,” he continued.

On Tuesday (January 9), Duterte met with CPC Central Committee member Meng Xiangfeng and three other CPC officials in Malacañang upon the invitation of his party, PDP-Laban.

While Duterte and his party are bridging ties with Chinese communists, Duterte has halted peace talks with Filipino communists and branded them as terrorists after the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, killed an infant in an ambush.