February 25, 2018, 7:26 am
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‘I am a President for Peace’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte has announced the severing of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA).

Duterte did this following an ambush which occurred in Bukidnon, killing one policeman and a 4-month-old baby girl.

Making his announcement at an event which paid tribute to the fallen soldiers who were killed during the attack of ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi, Duterte did not mince his words when he lashed out at the CPP and called them “terrorists.”

The announcement came after the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the CPP, ambushed police personnel in Bukidnon last November 9, leaving two people killed, including an infant, and six injured.

He already instructed presidential adviser on the peace process Secretary Jesus Dureza and chief government negotiator Silvestre Bello III to terminate the talks.

“They ambushed the police in Mindanao. They even killed a four-month-old infant. You tell the guys there in Netherlands, I am no longer available for any official talk. Let’s just have war.”

President Duterte, as the commander-in-chief, continued his tirades and accused the CPP of extorting money from mining companies and other individuals.

“They collect tax from mining companies to fund their rebellion. They extort money from these mining companies. All mining companies are paying taxes to the NPA. That’s without exception. So we have to decide once and for all. If I go against the NPAs, the communists, well, everybody has to reconfigure relationship with the NPAs.”

Later on, President Duterte dismissed insinuations that he was becoming a “dictator”.

“I am a President for Peace,” Duterte said when he visited soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, “I am not an authoritarian, aristocratic despot...”

Then he declared that the term of this country’s President is limited under the present Constitution. “I swore to protect the people and defend the Republic in its integrity and territorial bounds...”

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