NDF’s Sison says US can easily remove Duterte from power; Palace dismisses “wishful thinking” from “old revolutionary”

(File photo) Chief of the National Democratic Front of Philippines (NDFP) Jose Maria Sison during the opening ceremony of the formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the (NDFP) in Rome on 19 January 2017. (Photo cropped from AFP photo by TIZIANA FABI / AFP)


(Eagle News) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said that the United States could easily overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and install Vice-President Leni Robredo as the country’s new leader.

In a statement in reaction to President Duterte’s challenge to the US to be the first to fire a shot in the South China Sea dispute, Sison said that there was “no need for the US to fire the first shot against Chinese intruders in the West Philippine Sea.”

“Without firing a single shot, the US can easily instruct its following within the military and police forces under Duterte to take him into custody as a traitor and to install vice president Robredo as the constitutional successor, with the expectation that she can do what the Vietnamese and Indonesian authorities have been able to do against Chinese intruders,” Sison said in a statement.

Malacanang has dismissed Sison’s statements as nothing more but “wishful thinking “Wishful thinking” from Sison.

“Wishful thinking from an old, tired, failed and armchair revolutionary,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday.

He also criticized Sison for “living in exile and in comfort while his comrades are in the mountains fighting.”

-Sison says Robredo can take Duterte’s place and file cases vs China-

On Saturday, the CPP founding chair even said that Robredo can then order the filing of cases in the US against China on behalf of the Philippines and in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) judgment in favor of the Philippines.

Sison said that Robredo can also file the case in the “other countries where China has substantial assets.”

This is “to compel China to pay rent for occupying the artificial islands and compensation for the serious damage to the marine environment in the West Philippine Sea,” he said.

Sison accused Duterte of being a traitor and questioned why the US is still not moving to get him out of power.

And why does the US refrain from doing No. 2 above?,” Sison asked referring to his remark that the US could direct a coup Duterte.

“It is because it is still trying to use Duterte to crack down on the revolutionary movement and to make charter change to allow 100 per cent foreign ownership of corporations engaged in the exploitation of land and natural resources and operation of all types of businesses,” he said.

“But like Marcos, Duterte can still be junked by the US when he becomes more of a liability than an asset to US interests,” Sison claimed.