Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison has accused his former student, President Rodrigo Duterte, of lying about his intention to create a coalition government with communist rebels following the President's decision to scrap peace talks with the rebels.
In a statement on his official website and Facebook page, Sison cited a Philippine Daily Inquirer report in December 2014 that said Duterte would seek a coalition with the CPP and Moro National Liberation Front if he is elected president.
Sison, Duterte's former professor, warned that the President is being carried away "by his obsession to establish a fascist dictatorship through charter change under the pretext of adopting a pseudo-federal system under his overcentralized despotism and terrorism."
He labeled his former student as a "consistent political swindler and demagogue who depends heavily on lying." He said the problem of illegal drugs has worsened under Duterte "because his own family is involved in large-scale drug smuggling and his regime protects the biggest drug lords and protectors at the level of governors and generals..."
Duterte has denied allegations that his eldest son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was part of a Chinese drug triad and is involved in the illegal drug trade.
He earlier said he has ordered authorities to kill his son if he is caught with links to narcotics.
He also said he prefers "independent agencies" to investigate his son, Paolo, and son-in-law Manases Carpio over corruption and illegal drug smuggling allegations.
Duterte on Thursday signed a proclamation ending the peace talks with the CPP and said he would consider the political arm of the rebels a "terrorist group." He also demanded that dozens of rebel leaders he freed last year in order to restart talks turn themselves in.
"I am ordering those I have released temporarily to surrender or face again punitive action," Duterte in a speech to soldiers.
"Let it not be said that I did not try to reach out to them," he said.
He also warned his former professor not to return to the Philippines or he will have him arrested.
“If Joma comes here, I will arrest him . . . Huwag na siyang bumalik dito. I will not allow him to enter his native land, and that is a painful experience,” Duterte said in a speech during the homecoming celebration of San Beda College of Law.
In his statement, Sison criticized Duterte for saying that he will wipe out corruption and then allying himself with the "Marcoses, Arroyos, Estradas and others to add their bailiwick votes to his own bailiwick vote in order to get 39 percent of the total vote in 2016 elections."
"In exchange, Duterte has let them off the hook on the charges of plunder and corruption. He himself has amassed a great amount of undeclared wealth by collecting huge campaign funds in billions of pesos from 2014 to 2016," he said.
"As a president in a rush to become a fascist dictator, he expects to have limitless opportunities for bureaucratic corruption like his idol Marcos, especially in overpriced infrastructure projects, government purchases and cheap sale of raw materials," he added.