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Hoy gising! Palace tells Joma Sison: Nothing dishonourable in accepting defeat

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By Prince Golez

There is no dishonor in losing the fight, Malacañang reminded Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison.

Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement in reaction to the remark of Sison that President Duterte’s offer to reopen peace talks with the communist rebels was an insult.

“It is time to rejoin society. There is nothing dishonourable in accepting defeat. There is another path for change other than armed struggle,” Panelo said on Sunday.

“Filipinos cannot continue killing Filipinos. Sison must step down from his ivory tower and extend his hands for peace, for his own sake, for his followers, for the Filipino people, for his country he loves so well,” he added.

Last Friday, the CPP leader, who has lived in The Netherlands since 1987, criticized Duterte’s preconditions in peace talks resumption, saying that the revolutionary tax is not extortion.

Its collection, according to him, is spent for “administration and social programs, including public education, land reform, raising production, health and sanitation, people’s self-defense, cultural work, and so on”.

In his statement, Panelo also urged “incorrigible illusionist” Sison to stop dreaming that he can seize government power.

“The armchair illusory rebel chieftain must be running berserk with his imagination. No wonder his ground forces no longer follow him. He has to wake up from his daydreaming lest he gets a nightmare that will cut short his bourgeoisie lifestyle in The Netherlands,” Duterte’s chief legal counsel added.

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