Duterte’s simple message to Joma to resume peace talks: Tanggapin mo na ako pinakagwapo, pinakamatapang, pinakamatigas dito!
President Rodrigo Duterte said that Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) founder Joma Sison should submit to his former student at Lyceum University as the king on the throne if he wanted the peace talks to resume.
In a speech in Isabela, Duterte hinted anew that he was open to rekindling the negotiations with Leftist leaders 16 months after issuing Proclamation No. 360 terminating the talks due to bad faith on the part of the NPA who continued to kill soldiers and collect revolutionary taxes while their negotiators were talking peace. Duterte said he has deployed Labor Secretary Bebot Bello as his main emissary to Sison that he would not accept any conditions demanded by the exiled leader.
“Ang mensahe ko… walang kondisyon na — ako ‘yung may hawak ng gobyerno, bigyan mo ako ng limitasyon. Hindi man pwede ‘yang ganun. Ang tigas ako, hindi kayo,” said Duterte.
“Huwag tayong mag-away. Ako lang ang pinakagwapo. Ako lang ang pinakamatapang. Ako lang ang pinaka — lahat. Walang mag-rival-rival sa akin para walang gulo,” he said.
“Tutal hindi naman talaga ako gwapo, hindi naman talaga ako matapang, pero just accept the fact that there is somebody claiming the throne right now. So lay off para walang gulo,” he added.
Duterte criticized Sison and the NPA for carrying on 52-year war “for nothing.” “Isipin ninyo ilan ang namatay dito sundalo, mga sibilyan, barangay captains? They are the favorite targets lalo na ang mga pro-barangay captain — mga pro-government, pinapatay ninyo eh for nothing,” said Duterte.
“The life of a person for nothing, and you want me to… Ah mahirap ‘yan. Drop the arm, stop the fighting, stop the extortion, and I will answer for your billeting kung saan ninyo gusto Bumaba kayo dito Doon kayo sa mga five-star na hotel. Pero ‘yung pagkain nila isang ulam lang ha. Pobre tayo diyan,” he added.