PRES. DUTERTE TO PROCLAIM CPP-NPA AS 'TERRORISTS'
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing – the New People's Army (NPA) will soon be included in the list of terrorists wanted in the country.
This is according to President Rodrigo Duterte who said he is eyeing to declare the communist rebels as terrorists.
Following glimpses of hope from members of the peace panel that peace talks with the reds have a chance in the future – the President revealed on saturday that he is no longer inclined to continue negotiations with the rebels.
The CPP and NPA are already included in the US list of foreign terrorist organizations since Agust 2002 as per the request of the Arroyo Administration.
Harsh pronouncements against the rebel group were ignited after the NPA pulled an ambush to a police mobile which killed a cop and a four month old baby.
The president also said he would file criminal raps against the against the rebel groups including the alliance of left-wing organizations such as the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.
Meantime, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the classification of the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group by the administration should not be considered as anything new.
He added that as long as the president does not see the sincerity to pursue peace from the reds – there will be no peace talks