IT SEEMS like a mutual admiration club. Said then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in 2015 during his Sunday television program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, “Mabuhay ang NPA, and I will not take that back.”
The former Davao City Mayor even insisted that the New People´s Army (NPA) was “religiously following” international law when it came to handling captured policemen and soldiers. “You don’t deal with the NPA… you negotiate with the NDF,” Duterte said.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines chair Luis Jalandoni has this to say. “Tama si President-elect Duterte: iba iyung sa NDF, [Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army]…kasi mayroon silang cause na ipinaglalaban. Hindi sila mga magnanakaw, hindi sila mga kriminal. Iyung pagkilala niya, napakalaki.”
Negrense Jalandoni even stated that unlike Duterte, previous administrations lacked the political will to implement the peace agreements signed by former President Fidel Ramos.
And now since last year, we get this. This reminds me of teen bullies in high school. Threatened the President in November 2017, “And if Joma Sison comes here, I will arrest him or if I were him, ‘wag na siyang bumalik dito.” Duterte threatened in a speech before the San Beda College of Law annual alumni homecoming.
“Better still, I will not allow him to enter his native land and that is a very painful experience especially if you’re dying and you think na you should be buried in your own cemetery, in your own town,” Duterte warned.
Before 2017 ended, we get this statement from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines which called on the Filipino people to “Build the broadest united front to overthrow the US-Duterte regime and its rule of fascist terror.”
“Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. … (He) is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates.”
But now the BFFs (Best Friends Forever) proved that there is no such thing as forever. This is action drama in real life than the mushy movie of the 2015 of Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales #WalangForever (There’s No Forever).
This might get interesting as both bullies outbully each other. These two who live by the sword will kill with deadly weapons. Unfortunately shooting each other with innocent civilians being caught in the crossfire.