Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas today said that his rival PDP-Laban standard bearer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should not win the presidency because of his alliance with the New People’s Army.
“How will he be a good commander-in-chief, if he’s on the side of — if he’s allied with, and supports the NPA, who kill our soldiers and policemen?” Mar Roxas told a crowd in Calbayog City, Samar on April 18.
Roxas added that criminal rebel NPA members shouldn’t be coddled.
“They collect revolutionary taxes not only from businessmen, but also from ordinary farmers. Every sitio, barangay the NPA visit, they ask for rice, food, and other kinds of “taxes.” That’s what they call the revolutionary tax,” he added.
“The contractors of the roads we’re building—the NPA also tax them. That’s why it becomes more expensive, why construction is so slow, why it takes so long. In some areas, no one wants to bid, because the NPA “taxes” those who construct roads and bridges in different parts of the country,” he added. “That is why, Mayor Duterte, I will be your enemy. I will not allow a dictatorship in our country.”
Mayor Duterte previously said “you cannot build a nation without talking to your enemies. Definitely, the communists are a threat to our country, an enemy of the state. But the enemy has been here since 1970 and until now, there is war.”
“I have to talk to them, I have see what I can do for my country to arrive at a peaceful solution. You do not kill your own enemies, you have to talk them. I am friendly with them because I know one day, I will have to talk them about nation-building,” he added.
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