Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison on Friday said he is willing to "fight" President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he will not be "dictated" by the president who remains a "puppet" of imperialism.
"If deemed necessary by the revolutionary movement, I will return to the Philippines to fight the Duterte puppet regime of US imperialism. (But) I choose the battlefield where I fight and the types of battles that I wage," Sison said in a Facebook post.
"These cannot be dictated by Duterte who hopes vainly that the US and European intelligence would tip him off as soon I leave The Netherlands for the Philippines," Sison added.
Duterte on Thursday dared Sison to come to the Philippines from The Netherlands and fight.
"I dare you as a leader of the Communist Party, I dare you come home and fight your war here. Kasi ako nandito. Gusto mo tayong dalawa?" Duterte said, addressing Sison in an interview with reporters in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.
Sison shot down the president's challenge and said that he does not need to prove his decades-long experience in battle.
"I surpass the field record of many reactionary military officers who are in the field for a few years until they are assigned desk jobs and then retire at the age of 56," he said.
"I do not have to prove again that I have the revolutionary will and courage to wage armed struggle against oppression," he added.
Sison told Duterte to stop projecting a masculine image and focus on the peace talks instead.
"At his ripe old age of 72, he should not try to project an image of a strutting young fighter at my expense," Sison said.
"He should sober up and allow his negotiating panel to seriously negotiate with the NDFP negotiating panel and make agreements on social, economic and political reforms that lay the basis of a just and lasting peace for the benefit of the Filipino people," he added.
Last week, Duterte said he has decided to abandon peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), due to attacks launched by suspected members of the New People's Army against government forces.