Sunday, April 29, 2018

PRRD not lifting CPP-NPA's terror group tag yet

Photo grabbed from PNA

On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is not yet lifting his proclamation tagging the Community Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as terror organization.

“Not yet,” is what the president answered when asked if he is willing to lift the proclamation he signed n December 2017.

The chief executive signed the said proclamation tagging the CPP-NPA as a terror group, based on Republic Act No. 10168 or Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.

Despite the presence of the proclamation, Duterte said that he is still open to give the rebel group a small “window” to talk piece when he invited its founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison to come back in the Philippines.

“I would have crossed the fine line of governance. I told Sison, you return home, I pay everything for two months, hotel and food. And the NPAs to come down, stay there in a camp of your choice, but do not go out of the camp bringing guns. Stay there, then we talk,” Duterte said.

The president pointed out that pursuing peace is more important , to bring comfortable life for the Filipinos without using guns.

“I would save lives. Filipinos against the government, you cannot expect our people in unison to toe the line. I also save the lives of the soldiers and policemen,” Duterte said.

“So I’ve left a small window. Only 60 days. Before, they wanted me to go to Amsterdam. But you know, it would not look good for a President to be chasing the elusive peace,” he added.

On the other hand, President Duterte maintained his stand that he would not agree with Sison’s demand for a “coalition government”.

“Coalition is out of the question. Maybe, economic reforms and everything,” Duterte said.

Source: PNA