PH will never be controlled by CPP-NPA
President Rodrigo Duterte assured the public of peace and order as well as protection from the communist rebels, as he vowed that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) will never have control over the Philippines.
“The CPP-NPA will never control the Philippines. They can’t even control one barangay in a day, then they engage in threats of killing? I’m really just putting things on hold. Government has lots of helicopters, I said, do not use them for now,” Duterte said in Filipino during his speech at the National Capital Region Barangay Summit on Peace and Order in Pasay City.
Duterte said he is controlling his temper and holding back from using the Armed Forces of the Philippines to combat the communist rebels, taking into account the group’s hostages.
“If we use state weapons to clean entire highlands with guns, what will happen if I order the military, ‘Shoot to kill,’ and not secure the prisoners? Just merely attack,” he said.
He said the government is already heeding the CPP-NPA’s call for land reform, but is doing this without media publicity.
“Until now, I distribute land titles myself but I do not want publicity. I don’t bring media with me. I just give it,” he said.
Duterte also said he is leaving a “small window” for the communist rebels to resume the peace negotiations.
The CPP-NPA has been reportedly involved in mass murders, extortion and violation of indigenous people’s rights.
The US State Department and the European Union have tagged the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations.#