CLARK, PAMPANGA: President Rodrigo Duterte dared self-exiled Communist Part of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison to leave his “sanctuary” in The Netherlands and bring the fight to the Philippines. “You Sison, you’ve been fighting a war, directing a violent struggle while you enjoy your sanctuary in The Netherlands,” the President said in his speech on Thursday. With the cancellation of the peace talks and the designation of the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations, Duterte said he has no choice but to order the arrest of the leaders. Amid the ongoing talks, Duterte had twice ordered their suspension following the series of attacks by the NPA against the police and the military. Duterte lamented that the peace talks were stymied because the “enemies of the state,” apparently referring to the communists, lacked sincerity in achieving peace and order in the country.
Source: Manila Times December 07, 2017 12:33 UTC