PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is mobilizing to state forces to go all-out against the communist rebels.
“Yes,” he said when asked if this meant he has declared an all-out war against the communists.
“Walang hintuan. Magpalit-palit ang mga batallion. ‘Yung walang masyadong gamit, walang masyadong kalaban…’dun naman sa kabila,” Duterte said.
“Pag weary na (ang mga sundalo), magpalit na naman (ng tao). Tuloy-tuloy,” he added.
The President reiterated his commitment to eradicate the communists within his term which ends on June 30, 2022
“Hindi ako magtatanggap ng surrender,” Duterte said.
“Basta ang sabi ko sa kanila (na military), do your duty according to law. I will take responsibility,” Duterte said. “Ako na mag-safety sa kanila. I will take full responsibility.”
In November 2017 through Proclamation 360, the president terminated the peace talks with the communist rebels.
Proclamation 360 stated that the peace negotiations were terminated because “despite the best efforts of the administration, the communists failed to show sincerity and commitment in pursuing genuine and meaningful peace negotiations as it engaged in acts of violence and hostilities, endangering the lives and properties of innocent people.”
PNP anti-NPA drive
Police are stepping-up the campaign against New People’s Army insurgents on orders of President Duterte, Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said yesterday.
“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership. The PNP is honored to play a crucial role in this national undertaking to finally deliver the blessings of sustainable peace, stability and progress to all communities,” the PNP spokesperson said.
“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious. Every Filipino deserves to live a comfortable life, free from threats of terrorism, violence and oppression,” Banac added.
On Tuesday, PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde said they are helping the Armed Forces seek the return of Sison to the country and think that The Netherlands will give more weight to their contention that Sison should be arrested and returned to the country since he is facing multiple murder charges here.
“The Philippine National Police, through the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC), is making representations with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for the issuance of a Red Notice for the arrest of Jose Maria Sison to face trial in the Philippines for the crime of murder,” the PNP chief said.
Gen. Albayalde said that the Department of Foreign Affairs also is behind the government effort to prompt the Dutch government to remove the asylum status it has given to Sison since the status can always be revoked especially if the personalities involved are wanted for involvement in heinous crimes in their own country.
With Alfred Dalizon