Duterte to ex-rebels: I’ll crush your faces if you sell your new houses

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2019 10:29 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the ceremonial awarding of housing units to former rebels at the Freedom Residences in Tagum City on July 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte told former communist rebels Tuesday night to keep the housing units granted by government or he will "crush" their faces.

Duterte made the remark during the awarding of new housing units to former New People’s Army members at the Freedom Residences in Barangay Cuambogan, Tagum City.

“Mao na, naa moy balay ngari? Kamo, natagaan? Naa ba moy --- kamong tanan natagaan mo ngari? Pila may prenda ninyo ana? Ayaw na’g ihatag og uban ha? Makumotan ko na imong nawong. Ihatag ko na para sa inyong --- ug inyong mga anak pa-eskwelaha,” the President said in his speech.

(Does everyone here have a house? Were all of you here given a house? How much will you sell it for? Don’t give that to other people, okay? Or else I will crush your face. I gave that to you for your --- and for you to be able to send your children to school.)

The President also promised to put up a daycare center and school for the children of former rebels as he urged active insurgents to surrender to the government. He also assured the former NPA members that their new houses will have access to the market, hospital, and police station.

“Kung wala eskwelahan ngari, pahibaw-a dayon ng nagda’a, patindugan nakog eskwelahan,” he said.

(If there are no nearby schools here, tell the person who brought you here to put up a school here.)

Duterte sought to end the communist insurgency in the Philippines but no conclusion has been reached after several negotiations. 

In November 2017, Duterte issued Proclamation No. 360 which formally ends the government’s peace talks with the communists. 

A month later, he signed Executive Order No. 70, ordering the creation of a national task force to “end local communist armed conflict.”