From the Manila Bulletin (Dec 24): Palace tells Reds: You reap what you sow
Malacañang said the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) is only getting what it deserves for its tireless attempts to overthrow the government.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after CPP founder Joma Sison called President Duterte an “abominable violator of human rights” after the President ordered to the government troops to destroy the Reds.
In a statement, Panelo said Duterte’s order to the military is backed by the latter’s constitutional mandate to protect the country and its people.
“The President’s order to destroy the CPP-NPA and all its legal fronts is pursuant to his constitutional duty to protect the people,” Panelo said.
Panelo said Sison, as an ideologue, should know that the government will give its all to quell all threats to its people and the country’s democracy.
“Jose Ma. Sison as an ideologue should be the first one to know that the government that he wants to destroy will unleash its might and send its forces to annihilate those who seek to dismantle the democratic society in order to protect its people, maintain peace and order as well as assert its constitutional authority,” he said.
“The CPP-NPA in sowing violence against the people will reap violence from its protector. That is the irreversible law of karma or the law of cause and effect,” he added.
According to the Palace official, the government has every right to defend itself as he pointed out the different crimes that the communist group has committed since it was established “for the purpose of seizing political power”.
“In a span of fifty years, the CPP-NPA has waged a continuing rebellion and engaged in the killing of soldiers, policemen, civilians, destroying properties, extorting money from businessmen and landlords, kidnapping civilians and men in uniform, committing acts of terrorism, and even exterminating its own comrades without compunction in a cleansing purge of suspected traitors to their cause,” Panelo said.
“In doing these atrocities the CPP-NPA aided by – and in conspiracy with – its legal fronts, violated the human rights of their victims, disobeyed the laws of the land, and infringed the Constitution with such impunity in order to destroy the democratic way of life enshrined in the Constitution as crafted by its framers and ratified by the sovereign people,” he added.
“The state has the inherent right to defend itself and the President is mandated to protect the government and the governed,” he continued, referring then to Sison as the leading abominable human rights violator in the country.
In a speech over the weekend, Duterte told troops in Mindanao to not just fight but destroy the CPP-NPA-NDF as he said that the country will not improve as long as peace and order are threatened by the rebels.
“I will be long gone but the problem will be still longer unless we can have law and order and we can stop corruption in government,” Duterte had said.
“Law and order means you have to destroy, not really fight, but destroy the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its legal fronts and infrastructure,” he added.
Duterte also said there will be a time that it will be obvious that the rebels’ legal fronts is just a conspiracy to fight and overthrow the government.
“Unless we are able to destroy every one of them, ang ating mga anak o apo ninyo ganun pa rin ang haharapin (your descendants will experience the same thing). And many of them will be soldiers and many of them will die without seeing the outcome of what would eventually be the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.