Duterte to Joma, communists : Tama na daldalan, away na lang!
President Rodrigo Duterte has shut the door on the prospect of forging a peace agreement with the communists after he declared he’s ready to fight them for another 50 years.
In a speech before businessmen in Davao City Friday (July 21), Duterte reacted to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. Sison’s statement that peace talks are already unnecessary due to the martial law in Mindanao and the alleged extrajudicial killings.
“I believe you, Mr. Sison. You are right. We stop talking. We’re wasting our time,” Duterte told the communist leader, who used to be his college professor.
“This war that you are fighting, I was listening to you when I was a student. That was 50 years ago. Let us renew the fighting for another 50 years. If it’s what you want,” the President added.
Duterte said he can “fight for another 50 years” with the military at his beck and call.
“Let the Filipinos sacrifice. Karamihan naman ng mga sundalo mo mahirap, taga-bukid and the Lumads, and the indigenous people. Let them die. Me, I have an— I have an Armed Forces and Navy and police,” he said.
Duterte said he was already tired of talking to the communists, an endeavor which he said did not benefit the government despite the costs it incurred.
“So I might as well just use the money for whatever. Let’s stop fighting — let’s start fighting, stop talking,” he said.
Duterte’s cancellation of the peace talks came at the heels of the twin attacks staged by the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army, this week against government forces.
Two policemen were gunned down in Palawan while at least five members of the Presidential Security Group were wounded in an ambush in Cotabato.
Duterte earlier told soldiers in Marawi City they will be going after the NPA next after they are done pursuing the Maute group.