By Roy Mabasa
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque today said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) should now start to “move on” as they are already left behind by the capitalism fervor in China.
In a press briefing in Davao City, Roque said the struggle being waged by the CPP-NPA against the government is a protracted one and has already landed in the Guinness Book of World Record.
“Napakatagal na po nitong labanang na ito. Nasa Guinness Book of World Record na ito, ano pa ba ang gusto nila? Iyong Tsina, pinakamagaling na sa kapitalismo, Maoist pa rin sila, ano ba iyan? Kailangang umusad na. Move on. Naiwanan na kayo, iniwan na kayo ng People’s Republic of China, ano ba iyan! Kanino pa kayo magrereport? Wala na kayong pagrereportan, puro bilyonaryo na ang member ng People’s Congress ng Tsina; naiwan na kayo,” Roque said.
The Communist Party of China (CPC) has long been perceived as backing the Philippine communist rebels’ activities especially at the height of the insurgency problem in the ‘70s.
In 2011, however, an official from the CPC has confirmed that their relationship with the Philippine Maoist group “has been severed since the 1980s.”
On the cancellation of the peace talks, Roque said the President has done everything to achieve a lasting peace in the country and efforts on this matter should not just be coming from the government side
“The ball is in the court of the CPP-NPA,” he said.
Last week, Presidente Duterte issued Proclamation No. 360 declaring the termination of the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
The President likewise expressed his intention to declare the NPA as a terrorist group, and to order the arrest not only of armed communist rebels but also members of “legal fronts” helping the left.
Roque said there is no other way to interpret the President’s remarks about the arrest of the so-called legal fronts other than having them charged and eventually arrested.
“Well, he said that he will order their arrests eventually. And there’s really no other way to interpret it other than he would want them charged. And the basis for charging them of course is conspiracy. It’s either for conspiracy to commit prohibited acts under the Human Security Act, which is really crimes already punishable by Revised Penal Code. I suppose it will include rebellion plus the additional element of seeking to sow terror or panic in the minds of general republic, or it could be also for conspiracy to commit rebellion,” the Palace spokesperson said.
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