President Rodrigo Duterte said that one of the compelling reason why he abandoned talks with communists is their intent to set up a coalition government.
“If you are not elected, you cannot be a part of holding that sovereignty, because that is sacred,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the Oath Taking of Newly-Appointed Generals and Flag Officers on December 6.
“It is a gift of the people for those who are elected to run the country. And a coalition government you divide sovereignty, it cannot be done,” he said.
“Kaya sabi ko: If that is really the target, might as well end the talks. And with your depredations everyday, ang sabi ko: Kalokohan. I will not stand for it,” he added.
“So they are now considered ordinary criminals. And so if they ambush you, that’s murder, multiple. If they use an explosive, use of explosive is always a murder, then it’s no bail for everybody,” he said.
“And for those who are out temporarily, you just, maybe – now, because any day I will order for their mass arrest,” President Duterte said.
He said he released around 32 communists including the Tiamzon couple from prison to join the scrapped peace talks.