MANILA --Communist leader Jose Maria Sison should let go of his supposed dream of ousting President Rodrigo Duterte and face possible arrest, Malacañang said Thursday.
Sison, who is on exile in the Netherlands despite insisting that he enjoys "absolute protection" from deportation, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
"Until such time as he faces the music may problema siya (he has a problem). He should unchain himself from that illusory dream of ousting the President," he told reporters.
"Ang problema, mayroon na siyang (Sison) warrant so moot and academic na lahat ng sinasabi niya," he said.
(The problem is there is a warrant against him so everything that he is saying is considered moot and academic.)
A Manila court last week ordered Sison's arrest along with 37 others for the "Inopacan massacre," a 1980s purge of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) members accused of various offenses in Leyte province.
Sison slammed the charges against him as "politically motivated and fabricated."
Ties between Sison and Duterte, his former student, soured last year after the chief executive accused communist rebels of attacking government troops despite peace talks.
Earlier this year, the government formally terminated peace negotiations with the communist rebels.