FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to issue a warrant of arrest for the capture of the communist rebels who do “continuous crime of rebellion 24 hours a day.”
“Why do I need to have a warrant? By the fact that you are a rebel, you are a 24-hour violator of the Revised Penal Code of rebellion. Kay ang ‘pag ang rebellion — ang krimen dili mawala na kung matulog ka (With rebellion, your crimes do not stop even when you’re asleep), the President said during his speech at an event in Davao City, Tuesday evening (December 18).
The President added that he will wipe out the communist rebels along with the drug menace in the country before his term ends.
“I’ll just finish you. Why? If I don’t do it, you go again around the community asking for money and killing them if they don’t give…Iyong komunista gusto kong tapusin pati iyang droga. I want it done during my term,” he added.
Peace negotiations between the Duterte government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) had been postponed several times until President Duterte terminated the talks in November 2017 due to the rebels’ continuous attacks against government troops.
The Duterte administration later on pushed for localized peace talks, but again, to no avail.
This led to the President’s order of creating of a national task force to work on ending the decade-long armed conflicts with the communist rebels.
Malacañang maintained that President Duterte is not declaring a holiday truce with the rebels even after the communist group declared a unilateral ceasefire expected to begin on December 24, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montaño.)