By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
While wishing the government forces a Merry Christmas, President Duterte told troops in Mawab, Compostela Valley to not just fight but destroy the elements of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Duterte made the statement during the Christmas gift-giving at Camp General Manuel T. Yan, Mawab, Compostela Valley Saturday afternoon.
In his speech, Duterte said the Philippines will never improve unless there is law and order in the country, and that means destroying the communist rebels.
“I will be long gone but the problem will still longer unless we can have law and order and we can stop corruption in government,” he said.
“Law and order means you have to destroy, not really fight, but destroy the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its legal fronts and infrastructure,” he added.
Duterte also said that there will be a time that it will be obvious that the rebels’ legal fronts is just a conspiracy to fight and overthrow the government.
“Unless we are able to destroy everyone of them, ang ating mga anak o apo ninyo ganun pa rin ang haharapin (your descendants will experience the same thing). And many of them will be soldiers and many of them will die without seeing the outcome of what would eventually be the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.
The President also stated that the government will not adhere to ceasefire earlier declared by the communist rebels.
“We do not subscribe to their ceasefire. We are ready for anything. Do not fight them, destroy them,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, Duterte reiterated his advice to soldiers to kill themselves instead of getting captured, tortured, and then killed by the enemy.
According to the President, he would shoot himself if he sees a video of a soldier getting mutilated.
“Let them realize na hindi tayo duwag. Lalaki tayo (That we are not cowards. We are men),” he said.