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By Prince Golez

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared President Rodrigo Duterte “persona non grata to the Filipino people,” also accusing the chief executive of “innumerable crimes and gross abuse of power.”

“Rodrigo Duterte, consummate reactionary, chief drug protector and overlord of drug syndicates, number one terrorist butcher and fascist murderer, national traitor, US (United States) lackey and sell-out to China, friend of the oligarchs and foreign capitalists, model and patron saint of corrupt big bureaucrats, and scourge and enemy of workers, peasants and ordinary people, is persona non grata to the Filipino people,” said the CPP in a statement on Friday.

The revolutionary organization noted “the broad masses of workers and peasants, together with the middle-class sectors, as well as decent-minded elite personages and groups” are seeking Duterte’s removal from office either through parliamentary impeachment or extra-parliamentary protests.

State forces and businessmen have been urged to end support for the Duterte regime, they said.

“They encourage big business as well as elements and officers of the military and police who are embarrassed for having Duterte as their chief, to withdraw support for his criminal regime, and side with the people,” according to the CPP.

Citing the negative image of the President in the international community, the communist rebels said US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are poised to “drop Duterte like a hot potato.”

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