Wednesday, January 2, 2019

CPP's priority for 2019 would be the ouster of Duterte - Joma Sison

Composite photo of President Rodrigo Duterte and Joma Sison from Rappler (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria "Joma" Sison announced on Wednesday that CPP’s priority for 2019 would be to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) is authorized to be open to peace negotiations with the current and prospective regime of the reactionary government, but its principal work now is to work for the ouster of the Duterte regime,” the exiled CPP leader said in a statement

Sison said that President Duterte's administration was not serious in peace talks with the communist group.

“Duterte is not interested in serious peace negotiations to address the roots of the armed conflict and make comprehensive agreements on social, economic and political reforms in order to lay the basis for a just and lasting peace,” Sison said.

The CPP founder said that Duterte abandoned the commitment to address the conflict which has been going on for decades.

The administration did not reciprocate the gestures shown by the NDFP, the CPP’s political arm, when it issued presidential proclamations and executive orders to terminate with finality the stalled peace talks between the government and the communists, Sison said.

Sison also slammed the demand of the president that communists should surrender as condition to continue peace negotiations.

Source: Inquirer