Rebels 'determined to overthrow' Duterte regime after NDFP peace consultant death

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Manila, Philippines - After the killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao on Wednesday, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is now thinking twice about being open to peace talks with the government.

CPP founding Chairman Joma Sison said in a statement that Duterte administration can expect an intensified offensive stance from communist rebels.

"In view of the murder of NDFP consultant Randy Malayao, the NDFP and all revolutionary forces within its fold are now in the process of reconsidering its policy of being open to peace negotiations with the GRP under the Duterte regime and are more than ever determined to carry out the overthrow of the the treasonous, tyrannical, murderous and corrupt Duterte regime," Sison said.

"The blood of martyrs is never shed in vain. It inspires the greater resistance of the people to tyranny," he added.

Malayao was shot dead inside a passenger bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, on early Wednesday morning.

Police report said that one of the two suspects entered the bus while the other drove the getaway motorcycle.

NDFP chairperson Fidel Agcaoili condemned the "brutal murder" of Malayao whom he described as a hardworking individual.

Agcaoili said that Malayao had been a torture victim and political prisoner under the Arroyo administration.

The NDFP leader believe that Malayao's killing is an indication that misery might also come to other peace consultants.

"His killing may very well portent of worse moves against NDFP consultants for the peace talks many of whom, such as Vic Ladlad, Adel Silva and Rey Casambre, among others have already been arbitrarily arrested and slapped with trumped up charges," he said.

Meanwhile, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes condemned the killing of Malayao, saying it was "a case of extrajudicial killing done by suspected state forces."

"We see no other motive and possible perpetrator. His death is clearly linked to his involvement in the peace talks and his other advocacies as a social activist," Reyes said.

Source: GMA News

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