'Attack vs Duterte gov't is attack vs the people'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2018 05:06 PM

Communist guerillas mark their 49th founding anniversary in the Luzon hinterlands on Dec. 31, 2017. The rebels say they are on 'active defense' mode despite an ongoing ceasefire for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Mark Saludes, ABS-CBN News

The Communist Party of the Philippines’ plan to overthrow the government of President Rodrigo Duterte is also an attack on the people, as the Chief Executive is a duly elected official, Malacañang said Monday. 

The CPP’s goal to oust the Duterte administration shows that the group is indeed an enemy of the state, Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said. 

“Kung ang isang organized group ay gustong pabagsakin ang isang gobyerno, ay nangangahulugan na gusto rin nila pabagsakin iyong sambayanan at iyong buong bansa,” Andanar said in a radio interview.

“The President is a duly elected president of the entire nation, ibinoto ho ng tao… Kapag ito po’y pinabagsak ng isang organized group, eh ibig sabihin ay kalaban po iyong organized group. Therefore, they are enemies of the state.”

The CPP earlier this week said among its plans as it prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2018 is to “resist and overthrow the fascist Duterte regime.” The statement came as peace talks with the government collapsed and Duterte declared communists as terrorists.

“The Filipino people are suffering gravely under the Duterte regime’s fascist tyranny, all-out economic liberalization and bureaucratic corruption. The entire Party and all revolutionary forces must exert vigorous efforts to unite the Filipino people in a broad united front to resist and overthrow the fascist Duterte regime as they did the Marcos dictatorship and the Estrada regime,” the CPP said in a statement.

The CPP also ordered its armed wing, the New People’s Army, to “intensify guerrilla warfare throughout the whole archipelago.”

Duterte terminated peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in November amid the NPA’s continued assaults against state troops.

He then declared the CPP-NPA as a terror organization and ordered the arrest of its high-ranking officials who were temporarily freed from detention to participate in the peace talks.

Despite the souring of ties between the government and the communist rebels, the two sides still declared their respective ceasefire this holiday season.