Duterte: No more peace talks with Communist rebels

(Eagle News) — No more peace talks with Communist rebels.

President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement on Monday, Jan. 28, following an inspection of the Jolo, Sulu blasts site.

“Ganun rin sa (New People’s Army). Hindi na ako makipag-usap sa inyo,” Duterte said, referring to the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

In making the announcement, Duterte noted the attacks by Communist rebels on government security forces even while the peace process was ongoing at that time.

Only recently, a policeman was killed and several others were injured in an explosion in North Cotabato, which police said was perpetrated by the NPA.

“..In return ito ang ibigay ninyo sa akin. Mga kabaong pati iyong mga naputol mga paa. Ay p***ng i**,” Duterte said.

President Duterte cancelled peace talks with the Communist rebels in November 2017, following what he said were the atrocities committed by them even while the peace process was ongoing.

In some subsequent speeches, however, Duterte would appear to leave open the possibility of the peace talks resuming.

Only recently, Jose Maria Sison, CPP founder, blamed Duterte for the Jolo, Sulu blasts that left at least 21 killed and several injured.