MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday urged Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison to just rejoin society and accept defeat.
This, following the communist leader's latest rant against President Rodrigo Duterte's offer of resuming peace talks.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a statement, said Sison, "the failed revolutionary and incorrigible illusionist," should rejoin society for the sake of the people.
"It is time to rejoin society. There is nothing dishonourable in accepting defeat. There is another path for change other than armed struggle. Filipinos cannot continue killing Filipinos," he said.
Panelo added Sison will be reduced to a "historical footnote" if he continues with his revolution against the government.
"Let him join the ranks of heroic men and women who courageously fought to liberate their country from oppression and enslavement and begin to contribute his intellect and expertise in peaceful dialogues and productive undertakings, for the betterment and progress of the people that moved and inspired him to relentlessly tread the road of revolutionary struggle," he said.
"To miss this golden opportunity will only reduce him to a historical footnote and thrown him into the dustbin of history," Panelo added.
In a reaction to Panelo's statement, Sison said the revolutionary forces "are winning on a nationwide scale."
"The CPP, NPA, NDFP, the revolutionary mass organizations and the people’s democratic government are growing in strength and advancing against the reactionary government," Sison said in a statement.
"It is the reactionary government of big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats that is losing and suffering one defeat after another. It makes false claims of victory only by inventing fake surrenders, fake encounters and fake development projects for so-called returnees. Its death squads can only murder the innocent and vulnerable who are misrepresented as 'rebels' or 'terrorists,'" he added.
Duterte brought up the idea of resuming peace talks anew if the New People's Army (NPA) will stop its extortion activities.
Sison responded that the "people's government" cannot stop its "tax system" as it is a vital government function.