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Palace tells Joma: Stop dreaming

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison will never see his dream of overthrowing the government turn into a reality.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaks during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang, Friday. (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Sison said that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) will stop holding peace talks with the Philippine government under the leadership of President Duterte, and instead oust him.

Roque, in a press briefing in Southern Leyte, blamed Sison for the failed peace talks between the government and the communist rebels, although Roque added that Duterte already assured his safety.

“Hindi po kasalanan ng gobyerno na hindi natuloy ang peace talks. Si Joma Sison po ang umayaw. Tayo po’y mga Pilipino, ang sinasabi po ng Presidente, dito tayo mag-usap ng kapayapaan (It is not the government’s fault that the peace talks did not push through. Sison was the one who backed out. We are Filipinos, the President said we should talk peace here),” he said.

The Palace official also called the CPP founder “arrogant” for wanting to overthrow the Philippine government for over 50 years.

“Mayabang po talaga si Joma Sison. Akala niya siya ang savior ng bansa. Eh mantakin niyo, eh patatalsikin daw nila si Presidente, hindi raw matatapos ang termino (Joma Sison is really arrogant. He thinks he is the country’s savior. Imagine, they said they would oust the President, they said he will not finish his term),” Roque said.

Roque also said Sison will never see his dream of overturning the Philippine government turn into a reality.

“Joma Sison, gumising ka na, managinip ka na. Hindi ka pupwedeng magtalsik ng gobyerno habang ikaw ay nasa Europa. Napakatagal mo na diyan umuwi ka dito at ikaw ay mamuhay dito sa Pilipinas nang makita mo iba na ang kondisyon (Joma Sison, wake up, dream on. You cannot overturn a government while you’re in Europe. You’ve been there for a long time. Come home so you’ll see that the situation is now different),” he said.

“‘Yung mga pinapanaginip mo hindi na mangyayari. Napakaganda na ng ekonomiya ng bansa. Bagamat meron pa ring kahirapan, napakarami nang nakaahon sa hirap. Palibhasa napakatagal mo diyan nagpapasasa sa ibang lugar, hindi mo na alam kung ano ang kondisyon dito sa Pilipinas (Your dreams will never be a reality. The country’s economy is now good. Even if there is still poverty, a lot already overcome it. You’ve been in another country for so long that you don’t know the country’s condition),” he added.

Roque also said he has no idea why Sison is afraid of holding peace talks with the government in the country when the latter himself kept on going through the forests just to talk about peace.

“Noong mayor naman si Mayor Duterte, panay ang pasok niya sa kagubatan ng Mindanao para makipag-usap. Noong panahon na iyon nakikipag-usap ngayon ayaw. Hindi ko maintindihan kung ano ang kinatatakot ng mga ito samantalang kung todo suporta naman ang Presidente sa mga nakalipas na panahon (When the President was still mayor, he kept going through the forests in Mindanao to talk. I don’t understand why are they afraid to talk now when the President has been supportive of it since before),” he said.

“Kinikilala naman ng Presidente na ang kawalan ng katurangan ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit sumasapi sa CPP-NPA ang ilan nating mga kababayan. Pero tapos na po yang yugto na ‘yan sa ating kasaysayan (The President recognizes that the absence of justice is one of the reasons why some Filipinos join the CPP-NPA. But that chapter of our history is over),” he added.

According to Roque, Sison should just return to the Philippines if he really wants to bring positive change in the country.

“Ang masasabi ko lang po, tama na po ang dakdak. Kung gusto mo talagang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, umuwi ka dito at maging bahagi ka ng pagbubuo ng isang mas komportableng bayan para sa lahat ng sambayanang Pilipino (All I can say is, stop blabbering. If you really want to help the people, come home and be part of forming a comfortable country for every Filipino),” he said.

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