INSTEAD of facing media for an interview after his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte went to the rally site outside the Batasang Pambansa to talk to protesters.
In front of the militant groups, Duterte expressed disappointment over the failure of the New People’s Army to observe a truce.
While he was speaking, the militants kept chanting “Peace talks ituloy.”
But instead of heeding to the militants’ call Duterte said, “Gusto nyo ituloy ang peace talks, inambush ninyo mga tao ko, maghintay kayo!”
“Sigaw kayo hanggamg maubos boses nyo,” he also told the protesters.
Duterte also rejected the call of the militants to lift martial law in Mindanao, which was already granted by the Congress in a joint session.
“Martial law is not forever. Give me time, just be patient,” he told them.
He said the Duterte administration has given the militants and leftists positions in the government because he felt he was their ally.
But recently, Duterte ordered the suspension of peace talks following the ambush by NPA rebels of police officers and a Presidential Security Group (PSG) convoy.
In his SONA, he slammed Joma Sison, founder and chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).