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You must be dreaming! Duterte to Joma: Kailan ka pa nagka gobyerno?

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte criticized on Monday Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison for claiming that the taxes collected by his “people’s government” are used for its administration and social programs.

“Anong gobyerno? P****** i** ka kailan ka ba nagkaroon ng gobyerno? Ang gobyerno amin, ikaw ‘yung bastos sige patay. Karamihan nang namatay ‘yung mga barangay captain, sundalo pati pulis, tsaka ‘yung mga tao na ayaw sa kanila. U***,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Maguindanao.

In their five decades-long insurgency, the President said the communist rebels only resorted to banditry.

“Sige kayo ayaw ng gobyerno. Ano bang hindi namin maibigay? Fifty-three years kayong nakipaglabanan sa gobyerno ni hindi kayo makahawak ng isang barangay tapos gusto niyo patayan lang palagi,” Duterte said.

“Tapos mag-dream ka na kailangan ka mag-extort kasi ‘yung inyong gobyerno kailangan mabuhay. ‘Yun ang statement ni Sison,” he added.

On Friday, Duterte again said he was open to resuming peace talks with the communists only if they stop extorting people.

Sison then clarified that the collection of revolutionary taxes supports the various programs of the people’s government, namely “public education, land reform, raising production, health and sanitation, people’s self-defense, and cultural work.”

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