Top leaders of the Reds have admitted having no control over all units of the New People’s Army.
President Rodrigo Duterte made the remark even as he hoped that the fighting would end soon enough.
Duterte made the remarks, stressing that the conflicts between the Reds and the military could end if Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison would sign a bilateral ceasefire accord with him.
The President made this statements after the fourth round of talks between the government peace panel and the communist National Democratic Front and amid the government’s push for a bilateral ceasefire with the Reds.
“They admitted to me in Malacañang, when we had dinner, that they could not control all the operating units of the NPA here. I’m sorry, we can continue. I don’t have a problem. I will just wait for five years, then I’ll go. But that conflict will continue and will continue to punish because we won’t stop killing each other, when we’re all Filipinos. That’s the most disgusting part,” President Duterte said.
Duterte met Communist Party of the Philippines leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon recently in Malacañang.
“Unless Sison signs a bilateral, both of us will announce that the fighting should stop. I didn’t say you should surrender your arms. Just bury it. Don’t bring your arms, just go out. No one will arrest you,” the President said.