President Rodrigo Duterte said he not ready to talk with the communist rebel group and talks may not take place during his presidency.
“We are fighting the New People’s Army. At this stage, I am not ready to talk to them because it is not good for the country,” he said during the 58th Change of Command Ceremony of the Philippine Army at the Philippine Army Headquarters Grandstand, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5.
Amid Duterte’s efforts in reaching out to the communists, its armed group NPA continued to attack government forces and private businesses.
“Eh kung para lang sa bayan, okay ‘yan,” he said. “But the way that it is now, ayaw ko.”
“And maybe it would take some time to – maybe another President to do it,” he added.
“It’s been 50 years. Estudyante ako noon, nakikinig naman ako kay Sison,” he said. “Alam mo, pagka bata ka pa, you’re full of… meron pang naiwan. Konti na lang. It’s full of ideal – a set of what you want the world to be. But when you get older, alam mo na this is not really possible, that life is really unfair. It ain’t really fair.”
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