This was the reply of President Rodrigo Duterte to the offer of the Communist Party ofthe Philippines-New People’s Army to share power in exchange for a peace agreement to end the 50-year rebellion.
“The working papers that were sent to me sa usapan nila. May kopya ako eh, electronic copies. Tinitingnan ko, ang suma total, gusto nila ang coalition government,” said Duterte in a speech in a military camp in Jolo.
“I told them, ‘I cannot give you what I do not own’. Sovereignty is always placed in the hands of the elected people, ‘yung gusto ng tao,” he added.
Duterte said he would break his constitutional duty as president if he agreed to the CPP-NPA’s proposal for him to extend this sovereign power to the communist leaders.
“Sovereignty is only transferred to the elected leader. ‘Yan pinili ng tao. He might be a son of a bitch, basta pinili ng tao, ‘yun ‘yun siya. That is what the Constitution provides and that is the rule of a democracy,” said Duterte.
“Kaya sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko maibigay sa inyo. Giyera na lang’,” said Duterte who scoffed at the CPP-NPA for its two-faced approach in the peace negotiations.
He admitted that he erred in “committing too much, too soon” to the CPP-NPA when he released political prisoners. He said he could not be blamed for not making the initiative to talk to the double-dealing Leftist negotiators.
“Ang mga NPAs have become brazen at tayo pa ang tinatakot, ako pa ‘yung gago. Well, anyway, sabi ko, kung hindi tayo magkaintindihan. I’ve been trying to fix these things for 50 years. So you want another 50 years of war,” he said.