TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he is still open to peace negotiations with communist rebels, a month after he declared "permanent termination" of talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“Kayong mga NPA, kung gusto talaga ninyo nang usapang matino, immediate ceasefire. Walang magdala ng armas sa kampo ninyo o sa labas. Walang taxation. Walang pangsunog,” he said in his speech during the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in this city.
The President again extended his invitation to CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison to come home from his self-exile in the Netherlands to resume peace negotiations.
He maintained, however, that he is not open to any form of power sharing between the government and the communist rebels.
“Kaya ihinto mo muna lahat, umuwi ka dito, Sison. Ako ang bahala sa iyo. Hindi ako traydor na tao. I give you my honor, word of honor. Mag-usap tayo,” Duterte said.
“Pero nothing about coalition government. You can never have even an iota of a sovereign powers of the Republic of the Philippines. I am not allowed to do that. Kaya itong mga sundalo mag-coup d'etat ito. Ako pa ang mamatay.”