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Now considered terrorists, Duterte vows to hit back at Reds


By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

President Rodrigo Duterte. (RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo / Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Duterte. (RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo / Manila Bulletin)

President Duterte on Sunday, February 5 vowed to use every single bullet against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

“They can carry on with their attacks and we are prepared. Marami tayong assets, maraming eroplano, may mga jets na tayo (We have assets now: planes, we even have jets now),” he told the media after his visit to the wake of the slain soldiers in Camp Evangelista Chapel, 4ID  Patag, Cagayan de Oro.

“Hutda na ang bala hantod sa katapusan… mao man ilang gusto. Kung unsa ilang gibuhat sa sundalo sa gobyerno, buhaton pud nako (Use all the bullets until the last one because that’s what they want. I’ll be sure to repay them what they did to our soldiers),” he added.

However, he said he is leaving it to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) if they will be going full offensive against the rebels as they know what to do.

“Well, I leave it to the military to do it, it’s their job. I’ll never interfere,” he said.

Duterte also said he is now considering the CPP-NPA-NDF as a terrorist group, tagging them as a group of bandits.

He then ordered the arrest of the CPP-NPA-NDF members returning from Oslo, Norway, adding that the Geneva Convention protocols should no longer apply to them.

“Their leaders that I released that went to Oslo, sasabihan ko ang militar at ang immigration to be on the lookout. Arrestuhin niyo sila ulit (I will order the military and the immigration to be on the lookout and rearrest them),” Duterte told the kin of the slain soldiers.

“Di na sila umuwi, okay. Alam mo ba kung bakit? Ang pinaka ignominious na mangyayari sa isang tao yung mamatay sa ibang bayan. Yan ang pinakasakit na mangyari (They won’t return? That’s alright. The most ignominious thing to happen to a person is to die in another country),” he added.

Protected from rearrest

Fidel Agcaoili, chair of the NDFP negotiating panel, said the all 17 consultants released from detention last August, 2016 are in the country already and are not hiding and are protected from rearrest in accordance with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

“These consultants have been put under the effective jurisdiction of GRP courts because they were released only on bail and only for a six-month period. They have been required to secure court permission every time they went abroad to participate in the last three rounds of talks,” he said.

“Their bail renewal is due this month and, as reflected in the Rome Joint Statement of January 25, 2017, both their lawyers and the GRP have agreed to cooperate in this regard,” he added.

He also clarified that the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG), the third party facilitator in the peace talks, has been the one providing for the travel expenses and accommodation of the NDFP delegation in formal and informal peace talks since the beginning.


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  • Ros Feliciano

    We must need to realize
    that to free all 400+ prisoners has to be met with realities. We don’t
    need to be social scientists to analyze what the communists want. They
    want to overthrow this democratic form of government by force as what
    had happened in China and Cuba. They will obstruct peace talk by
    inventing reasons just to stall any ongoing peace talk just after their
    fellow communists will be set free. What if the peace talk ends nowhere
    and all the prisoners are set free? Will this mean that our soldiers and
    other agents of the laws will sacrifice again to capture all those
    criminals? As usual the communists will put all blames on the law
    enforcers making us believe that they committed crimes against
    civilians. The best thing to do is to implement the Sri Lanka strategy.
    Declare all out war against them. What is the military assets for if we
    are not going to use to instill peace and order in our country? We the
    whole 99% of the Filipinos do not like our form of government change to
    communist form of government by all means. Now that the government
    forces had withdrawn from the fields infested by communists criminals,
    no law enforcers are around to stop them to recruit young uninformed
    villagers to join their cause. Poor villagers with sub-standard
    education will suffer the hardship imposed on them during encounters
    with the military. Their leaders in Europe are enjoying but their
    followers are in the jungles and mountains are the ones who are
    suffering for their cause.

    • Harper

      well said.Every country that is communist was achieved through rebellion and terrorism. Your army is very large if need be put half in the field to search and destroy these NPA and don’t forget the abu sayyaf. Heard a rumor they are attempting to extort money or blow up a shopping mall>>>>They are terrorist also.
      Every NPA that was released should be re incarcerated or terminated whichever is required to rid the country of these vermin.

  • Chitoboy

    Negotiation is already failed so better arrest those 16 consultant terrorist and back to jail.

  • BatoStone

    Re-capture those released NPAs.

  • Marriane Masonia

    Now it is clearer than ever that entering into peace negotiations was all a ploy by the TERRORISTS to get all the prisoners out of jail then they would continue with their TERRORISM, VIOLENCE and EXTORTION and sabotage the process. Now they claim protection from JASIG which they already have breached by the murder of the defenseless soldiers. Truly, they just think that they could fool the nation.

  • Just_JT

    This government is very much like that in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. An ally can be a foe in an instant.

    It was just a few months ago when Duterte was praising the CPP-NPA-NDF which he now calling as terrorists.