Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was so mad that now he considers the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDF) a “terrorist group.”
The pronouncement was made on Sunday in Cagayan de Oro City a day after the president ordered the termination of peace talks with the communist group.
Duterte said “Nagmamagandang loob ka na nga, napapahiya pa ako sa sagot ng pu—–. Akala mo kung sino,” he said. “You give them all the leeway and you return to me a stupid… From now on, I will consider the CPP-NPA-NDF a terrorist group.”
Calling them “terrorist,” the visibly angry Duterte pointed out that the NDF consultants are facing various criminal charges in various courts in the country.
A direct order was immediately given by the President to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest all NDF consultants, who were earlier released from prison and took part in the peace negotiations, once they return home from Oslo, Norway.
He said he would order the Bureau of Immigration to cancel the passports of the released NDF consultants if they do not come home.
“Arestuhin ninyo sila ulit,” he said, then noted that it would be “ignominious … to die in somebody else’s country.”
Duterte said, “Well if they want an asylum, they could apply an asylum to where they are now because we would definitely arrest and put them behind bars to answer charges against them once they arrive in the country.”
22 known ranking leaders of the NDF in the country were released from prison to join the peace negotiations with the government panel and the NDF in Norway mid-August last year.
A week ago, on Wednesday he visited the wake of three soldiers reportedly killed by NPA rebels as it was the same day that the communist group declared the termination of the unilateral ceasefire with the Duterte administration.– JCE.