Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) — More than three years after ending peace talks with communist rebels, President Rodrigo Duterte is blaming Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison’s supposed well being situation for the breakdown.
In a speech throughout a gathering of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Tacloban City on Thursday, Duterte recalled his November 2017 determination to formally terminate negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. The group represents the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, in talks with the federal government.
“Really, I can’t fathom the mind of Sison. However you prick it, wala na e. Dementia or one thing,” Duterte mentioned within the NTF-ELCAC’s assembly with the Eastern Visayas regional process drive.
“He retains on transferring from one matter to one other that lastly I believed that peace by means of negotiations sa kanilang liderato hindi pwede so nag-give up na ko (beneath their management has no likelihood, so I gave up). I attempted all the things,” the President added.
Duterte cited the discharge of peace consultants, together with Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, whom he had ordered rearrested following the botched negotiations.
“Now they’re wished. I have no idea the place the Tiamzon spouses are, however the final time we had a severe discuss in a restaurant, we had dinner and we had been speaking about peace, and all the things was doing all proper till the time that Sison and I went down to brass tacks,” Duterte mentioned.
It was Sison who first mentioned Duterte was “mentally unfit” to deal with the peace talks, accusing the President of sabotage. Both the federal government forces and the rebels accused each other of ceasefire violations and lack of sincerity.
Meanwhile, Duterte has said there will be no more peace talks, even ceasefire with the communist group for the remainder of his time period. The govt Anti-Terrorism Council has additionally designated the CPP and the NPA as terrorist organizations pending courtroom proscription.
The Duterte administration is now banking on elevated navy operations and its multibillion-peso Barangay Development Program to clear villages of “NPA affect.”