A MILITANT leader in Negros Occidental assailed President Rodrigo Duterte for planning to tag the communist rebels, New People's Army (NPA), as terrorists.
Michael de la Concepcion, secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Negros, said all the issues the President raised against the NPA are “best addressed through the peace talks.”
He added that Duterte knows he needs to talk with the rebels.
De la Concepcion pointed out that the labeling will only further worsen the situation.
“Threatening the NPA with a terrorist label, like what former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the United States did before, will not accomplish anything, only intensified attacks on the people,” he said
On his threats of a crackdown against Bayan, which the President said is premised on a so-called conspiracy between Bayan and the NPA, “it is such a Marcosian mindset,” De la Concepcion said.
Duterte’s “threat of a crackdown is intended to eliminate the most effective resistance to fascist dictatorship, human rights abuses, anti-people economic impositions and increased US intervention,” he pointed out.
The President on Saturday revealed his plan to sign a "proclamation" that will brand the communist insurgents as "terrorists."
Reiterating his stance that there would be no more talks with the communists, Duterte said the Philippine government would now consider them as "criminals."
Duterte had plenty to gripe about the communist rebels' alleged hostile acts, which include killing of innocent civilians. (with reports from SunStar Philippines)