Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. backed the branding of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels as terrorists.
“It has long been overdue. It’s time because they have been killing anyone,” Marañon said on Thursday.
The governor also declared that there will be no more localized peace talks.
Since he assumed office as governor, Marañon had been offering a localized peace talks with the rebels because he believes that the real enemy of everyone is poverty, adding that everyone has to unite to fight poverty rather than kill each other.
He said the rebels should have taken the peace talks seriously.
Duterte signed Proclamation 374 on Tuesday, declaring the CPP and NPA as "terrorist" organizations under Republic Act 10168, otherwise known as "The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012."
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines, political arm of the CPP, is not covered by the proclamation.
With the cancellation of the peace talks and the designation of the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations, Duterte ordered the "mass arrest" of communist leaders who were granted temporary liberty to allow their participation in the peace negotiations.