MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday alleged that communist leader Jose Maria Sison has dementia which led to the failure of peace talks, a problem that the latter blamed on the Chief Executive.
“I can’t fathom the mind of Sison. However you choose it, wala na eH, dementia or one thing,” Duterte mentioned in an anti-communism occasion in Tacloban City, Leyte.
“He retains on transferring from one matter to a different, that lastly, I assumed that peace, by means of negotiations sa kanilang liderato, hindi puwede. Nag-give up na ako. I attempted every little thing.”
(Peace talks with their leaders just isn’t possible. I gave up.)
“Bata-bata ako ni Sison midday. When we had been younger… alam mo ‘yong ideyalismo, I used to take part in protest-protest till my father, nagalit. So, I needed to cease,” mentioned Duterte, who had mentioned he’s a former pupil of the founding father of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
(I used to be an underling of Sison. When we had been younger, you recognize idealism, I used to hitch protests till my father acquired indignant. So, I needed to cease.)
“Fifty-three years after, wala akong nakitang na-achieve ng terorista. Wala akong nakitang progress. Rather, it has develop into a gaggle of bandits solely,” he added.
(Fifty-three years after, I have not seen any achievement of the terrorists. I have not seen progress.)
Sison mentioned Duterte, who is popping 76 later this month, “is attempting to attract consideration away from his personal illogical, delusional and incoherent public statements.”
The 82-year-old self-exiled communist leader mentioned his statements “are fact-based, logical, coherent and at all times within the curiosity of the Filipino folks.”
“It is Duterte who terminated the peace negotiations, with out presenting any grievance to the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) beneath the provisions of the [Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law],” mentioned Sison.
He accused Duterte of following former US President Donald Trump’s order to terminate the peace negotiations “in alternate for navy help.”
Since coming to energy in 2016, Duterte has seen his efforts to forge peace with communist rebels derailed repeatedly, prompting frequent outbursts and threats to wipe them out.
Earlier this month, he advised safety forces to kill communist rebels and “ignore human rights.” Days after his comment, police raids left 9 activists lifeless, prompting concern from the United Nations rights council and the European Union.
— With a report from Reuters
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