By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte challenged on Monday Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison to a debate on communist idology.
Duterte said communists no longer has ideology and that overthrowing the government has always been their end goal.
“Communal war ito, there is no longer an ideology. Komunista ito, wala nang ideology…Gusto lang nila umagaw ng gobyerno. Mga bobo naman ang p*t*ng*n*. Sinong bright, si Sison? Iharap mo sa akin magdebate kami. Anong nakuha mo diyan sa ideology na communism,” the President said in a televised address.
“You are accusing us of red-tagging you. No. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is very correct. You are being identified as being members of the Communist (Party of the Philippines). Alam namin. ‘Yun ang totoo. Hindi red-tagging,” he also said.
In 2018, Duterte issued Executive Order 70 that created the National Task Force to end local communist armed conflict and adopt a national peace framework in a bid to end the decades-long conflict.