|New People’s Army (NPA) Rebels|
By Edith Regalado
DAVAO CITY , Philippines – President Duterte urged anew communist rebels to stop fighting and not give him a “double face” to pave the way for a lasting peace in the country.
The President lamented that even if the leadership of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its negotiating arm National Democratic Front (NDF) have been saying that their armed wing, the New People’s Army, will not engage government forces, the NPA continued to attack soldiers in various parts of the country.
The President said it appears that communist leaders say one thing while those on the ground do otherwise.
“Would you kindly stop fighting? Can you just stop fighting for a while?” Duterte said during the 50th anniversary celebration of Davao del Norte in Barangay Mankilam, Tagum City yesterday afternoon.
“And you know, we can talk. But do not give me a double face…We used to talk. We were friends. But that was during the time when I was mayor. I was not then burdened with the responsibility of running the country.
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