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Duterte wants a national security code

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to implement a national security code following recent attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA).

At a media interview on July 28, at Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, Duterte said he wanted Congress to pass the national security code.

“I am going to ask Congress to pass a national security code. Only my detractors are afraid of it,” said Duterte.

The President was at Guihulngan City to condole with the families of six policemen who were ambushed by the NPA on July 21.

“I came here to share the sorrow of the families of the policemen, to show solidarity with soldiers. I also feel hurt that’s why I’m here. I (want) to make it public … I want to criticize the Communist Party of the Philippines,” he said.

He then warned the communist rebels to stop their extortion activities.

The President also said the Armed Forces of the Philippines should stop using the word “revolutionary tax” when referring to the “NPA collection.

“That is not the proper word for us to adopt. The government has taxation. Do not match it with revolutionary tax,” Duterte said.

“It is extortion,” he stressed.

The President also said the AFP should use the word “extortion,” “hold-upper,” or “kidnapper.” He warned the communist rebels that he would file cases against them. He then offered decent jobs to NPA members who will surrender.

“Your barangay captain will accompany you to any of the police, military. I will give you a job. I can make you a soldier,” he said.

On July 19, the Presidential Security Group convoy was attacked by the NPA in Cotabato where five of the President’s security men was wounded while a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit was dead.

On July 26, another police convoy was ambushed with two policemen injured.

When asked by reporters if additional military force is needed in Negros Oriental to control the NPA attacks, Duterte said that the situation is still under control.

The President said that national security needs to improve and he is open to any ideas that will save lives