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MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said he is eyeing for an immediate ceasefire with the New People’s Army (NPA) but insisted on certain conditions.
“Kayong mga NPA, kung gusto talaga ninyo nang usapang matino, immediate ceasefire. Walang magdala ng armas sa kampo ninyo o sa labas. Walang taxation (To the NPA, if you really want serious talks, let’s have immediate ceasefire. No bringing of arms inside or outside your camp. No taxation),” Duterte said in his speech at the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
“If you do not stop collecting taxes, if you do not stop waging a war, ayaw ninyo ng ceasefire kaagad, gusto ninyo dahan-dahan, ah wala (if you do not want an immediate ceasefire and want it gradual, then nothing will happen),” he added.
The President also invited Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison to come home for the peace talks. Sison is in exile in The Netherlands since 1987, after peace talks with then-President Corazon Aquino’s government failed.
“Kaya ihinto mo muna lahat, umuwi ka dito, Sison. Ako ang bahala sa iyo. Hindi ako traydor na tao (Stop everything, go home here in the country first, Sison. I’ll take care of your security. I’m not a traitor.) I give you my honor — word of honor. Mag-usap tayo (Let’s talk),” he said.
But Duterte insisted that there will be no coalition government with the communist group.
“Pero (But) nothing about coalition government. You can never have even an iota of sovereign powers of the Republic of the Philippines. I am not allowed to do that,” he said. (PNA)