President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to bomb all structures of communists in the highlands including their schools where they teach Lumads to rebel against the government.
He also ordered the police and military to be unforgiving to NPA that conducts atrocities against civilians and government forces.
“I will use the Armed Forces, the Philippine Air Force. Talagang bobombahan ko, yung mga – lahat ng ano (structures) ninyo. Because you are operating illegally and you are teaching the children to rebel against government. May kalokohan kayo, di mas lalo na ako,” the President said in his press conference after SONA.
“There’s a need for the Armed Forces and the police to reconfigure,” he said. “Ilang beses na ‘yan. The last time was in Davao, namatay yung babae. Yung isang babae doon, ‘yung sa forensics. Because may sabi nila (NPA) may namatay. Eh ‘di kawawa naman, yung station commander tinawag ‘yung forensics na babae na pulis, “Sige sumama ka.” Ayun [inambush]. So walang patawaran diyan. So kung ganon, wala ring patawaran tayo.”
“So I am ordering the military and the police, walang patawaran kasi hindi naman tayo pinapatawad. And they are making excuses – na para tawagin na – trabaho kasi ng pulis pag hindi mapaalis sa trabaho ‘yan, dereliction of duty, abandonment of duty. Kaya magpakamatay ang mga pobre na ‘yan,” the President said.
“So this time, you do it to me, do it to my police and my Army, they will do it to you. Kanya-kanya na tayo ng diskarte,” he added.