MANILA, December 7, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he will soon order the mass arrest of communists who are temporarily out on bail.
“For those who are out temporarily (out)… any day I will order for their mass arrest,” Duterte said in his speech during the oath-taking of newly appointed generals and flag officers in Malacañang.
The President said the communists are now considered criminals, adding he had given them “too much, too soon.”
“If they ambush you, that’s murder, multiple. If they use an explosive, use of explosive is always a murder, then it’s no bail for everybody,” Duterte said.
“One day, I will have just have you arrested. You want to fight the country, create a revolution? Fine. We have been fighting you for 50 years and we will fight again for another 50 years. That is what you want,” he added.
Duterte also gave a warning to legal fronts of communists that conduct mass actions to the detriment of the public.
“’Yung mga executive orders na ayaw ninyo. There’s a law that would protect the Filipino people from lung cancer and everything… kayo nagbubuga-buga ninyo, tinatakot niyo ‘yung mass action. Well, you try. You try and I will show you that I am also sincere,” he said.
“When I say that I will arrest you and confiscate all those things that are not allowed by law, it is not mine, it has been there for so many presidents to act,” he added.
“Ngayon, dito sa akin, I will do it. Why? I will do it simply because it is the law. Kung ayaw ninyo, well then, we can always prepare for that eventuality. In the meantime, kayo man ‘yung nauna-una diyan. You always insist on the rule of law. We will follow the law. And if you don’t, then the simple thing is to arrest you and place you in prison,” he said.
“If you come at by violent resistance, you place in danger the lives of people and the soldiers and the police, we will answer the appropriate action,” he added.