07 July 2017

News Story: 'Vacillating' CPP-NPA-NDF puzzles Duterte

New People’s Army (NPA) Rebels
By Alexis Romero

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday compared communist rebels to a moving electric fan, saying he no longer understands the mixed signals they are sending.

Duterte noted that the communist party had ordered its fighters to attack government troops but at the same time offered to help in the campaign against Maute terrorists in Marawi City.

“You know guys, you’re like an electric fan… (You are) vacillating. First, you said during the martial law proclamation, you ordered your troops, the NPAs (New People’s Army) to engage us, the government forces actively. Then you change your mind and you said you’re going to cooperate …I really cannot understand you guys,” Duterte said during the 64th founding anniversary of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.

“You’re like an electric fan: right to left, left to right,” Duterte, who offered to accept members of the NPA, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front in the fight against terrorism then later quietly withdrew the offer, said.

In a speech in Camp Agaab in Sarangani also on Wednesday, Duterte said he is puzzled why soldiers continue to die at the hands of the communist rebels.

Read the full story at PhilStar