Joma Sison: "Duterte is no.1 enemy of his own state" - The Daily Sentry

Joma Sison: "Duterte is no.1 enemy of his own state"

President Rodrigo Duterte pays tribute to fallen soldiers during National Heroes Day / photo from GMA News

Manila, Philippines – Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said that President Rodrigo Duterte is "the No. 1 enemy of the Philippine state" following the latter’s warning against its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

On Tuesday, Sison claimed on his statement that the chief executive’s threat to stop accepting NPA rebels who surrender to the government indicates that the localized peace talks Duterte advocated is a fail.

The CPP founder also said that Duterte incited the military to kiIl NPA suspects on site and all those he considers as enemies of the state.

“But in fact he has long been applying the deceptive and murderous methods of Oplan Tokhang in Oplan Kapayapaan. Barangay officials are required to list down the names of NPA suspects, relatives and sympathizers under the guise of letting them surrender and clear themselves and even get cash rewards.” Sison said

"But those listed down are subsequently photographed and misrepresented  as 'NPA surenderees' and the military officers pocket the reward money," he added, saying that list of surrenderees was also called “death list.”

Sison then cited that there is a “significant number” of military officers who view Duterte as the No. 1 enemy of the Philippine Republic for the following reasons:

  1. He has violated the bill of rights in the 1987 constitution by inciting arrests without judicial warrant and causing mass murder with impunity;
  2. He has turned the police and military into his private criminal instruments by inciting them to commit mass murder and corrupting them with rewards at public expense;
  3. He has betrayed national sovereignty and territorial integrity by selling out the Philippines´ exclusive economic zone and extended continental shelf in the West Philippine Sea to China and conspiring with China to turn the Philippines into a Chinese debt colony;*
  4. He is junking the 1987 constitution to impose tyranny on the Filipino people and to aggrandize foreign monopoly interests by letting them have 100% ownership of land, natural resources, public utlities, and mass media in violation of economic sovereignty and territorial integrity; and
  5. He has adopted policies that impose a heavy tax burden on the people and that have jacked up the prices of basic goods and services in order to raise the tax revenues for funding bureaucratic corruption, graft-ridden infrastructure projects and acquisition of military equipment and supplies and amortization of the ever growing foreign and local public debt

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said that the President may have made his pronouncement about NPA surrenderers out of "frustration."

"Sinabi niya na kung magpatuloy kayo wala nang (surrenderers), but wala namang official announcement siya na sinasabi sa amin na wala nga, kundi sinabi lang niya 'yun sa media. So ang tingin ko dun is patuloy pa din 'yung aming pang-come on sa mga (surrenderers). Puwede pa silang bumaba dahil tuloy-tuloy naman 'yung ating programa," Lorenzana said.

The defense secretary added that rebels who surrendered to military were sincere, with as much as 4, 000 NPA members and sympathizers surrenderees in March.