|New Peoples Army (NPA) "soldiers"|
By Christina Mendez and Edith Regalado
MANILA, Philippines — Saying the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) cannot overthrow a government, President Duterte warned anew yesterday that he would not hesitate to haul back their leaders to jail if they continue to undermine his administration.
Irked by the rampant attacks of the NPA in the countryside even during the Marawi siege, Duterte came out swinging against the left-leaning leaders a few days after Secretary Jesus Dureza and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced the government panel would not join the fifth round of talks with the rebels in the Netherlands.
“You communists, you are just wasting your time. You cannot prevail over the government of the Republic of the Philippines, neither can you find a sanctuary under communist rule. Do not fool yourselves, just face the reality of the fate that awaits you,” Duterte said in a speech during the 109th anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Davao City.
Duterte has ordered the release of at least 11 rebels, including the couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon who are accused of leading the NPA, to enable them to participate in peace negotiations in the Netherlands.
But he lamented how his acts of goodwill failed to push the peace efforts forward.
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