Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Joma Sison responded positively to pronouncements made by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that he was willing to form a coalition with the CPP should he decide to run for president.
In an article in the local publication Davao Today, Duterte reportedly said, “I will form a coalition government with them. I will accept their top officials if I’ll become the President. We just need to agree on some issues. I will take control of the AFP-PNP to avoid chaos as we are working on how to address the problem and find the appropriate solution.”
Sison responded on Facebook, saying, “Mayor Duterte should become president if he is willing to have a democratic coalition government with the revolutionary forces and other patriotic and progressive forces of our people.”
He said the Reds and Duterte can have a common program on “real national independence and territorial integrity, democratic empowerment of the working people, economic development through national industrialization and genuine land reform, social justice, a patriotic and progressive culture and international solidarity with other peoples for peace and development. What the revolutionary forces want is what the people demand.”
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has a formula to end the communist insurgency in the country: Resumption of the stalled peace talks with the communist rebels.
If Mayor Rodrigo Duterte were to run for president in 2016 – and win – he would finish the peace negotiations between the government and the communist and end the decades-long war, said a report in the Manila Bulletin by Alexander Lopez.
Although Duterte still has not announced any change of plans to his “no to president” statement, he said he would form a revolutionary government.
Then, he will close Congress, clean the police and military ranks, form a federal system of government, and forge a coalition with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) , and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), said in the Bulletin report.
The Bulletin in December joined Duterte in a far-flung barangay in Compostela Valley province where the mayor secured the release of two troopers captured by the NPA during a rebel raid on New Corella town in Davao del Norte on December 2.
Duterte, who arrived in the remote barangay on board a private helicopter, in his message to the NPA said: I ask the government why the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDF has stalled.
“If I were to run, I would finish the peace talks and end the war,” Duterte said.
Duterte said: My offer (to the NPA), if ever I’ll run (and win), (is) let’s have a coalition government.
In the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, the name of Duterte is among the choices of the electorate to replace President Aquino in 2016.
Duterte as NDF consultant
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Philippine communist leaders have such a high respect for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that the National Democratic Front (NDF) three years ago appointed him a consultant in the GPH/NDF peace talks when the NDF had a vacancy in its consultancy bench.
But the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Duterte cannot be a consultant to the political arm of the communist movement in the Philippines.
NDF chair Luis Jalandoni named Duterte as NDF consultant while he was in Davao City to attend a peace forum in 2011.
Duterte then said he received a memorandum from DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo (who would later die in a helicopter crash) telling him to refrain from acting as NDF consultant.
But Duterte rued that he lost the chance to elevate the local government units’ concerns during peace talks between the NDF and the government
Duterte had assured that the interest of the government would be his paramount concern.
He said his role as NDF consultant would have been more in bringing about positive results to local government units from the peace talks.
I am sworn to defend the interest of the Philippine government, Duterte said.