President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday closed the door for the resumption of talks with communist rebels and ordered state forces to gear up for a possible all-out war with the New People’s Army (NPA).
In his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President slammed the National Democratic Front (NDF) and its armed wing, the NPA, for insincerity in dealing with the government.
“I used to be friends with the NDF. Times have changed because God placed me here. Bully daw ako. Talagang bully ako especially to the enemies of the state,” Duterte said.
The President cited the spate of deadly attacks by the NPAs on policemen, particularly on the Presidential Security Group in Arakan, North Cotabato as evidence of the communist rebels hypocrisy.
The President, however, was not in the vehicle at that time.
“Kayong mga Left, I will not talk to you. Why should I?” Duterte told a joint session of Congress in a lengthy speech.
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