By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
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.
Tags: 4ID Patag, AFP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro, Camp Evangelista Chapel, chair, CPP-NPA-NDF, Duterte vows to hit back at, Fidel Agcaoili, JASIG, Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, NDFP, PH president Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front, Reds, terrorists