MANILA - A Palace spokesman on Wednesday branded as a failure the rebellion waged by the Communist Party of the Philippines, as the insurgents celebrate their 50th founding anniversary.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticized CPP founder Jose Maria Sison who earlier said the country continues to "deteriorate" under President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Jose Maria Sison's long exile has dulled his senses, put him out of touch of reality and in constant state of hallucination," he said in a statement.
Panelo said Sison's movement "brought only the loss of lives and destruction of property and fear to the the very people he is supposed to have fought for."
He said the "choice is obvious" if the people had to choose between Sison and Duterte whom he said "launched a revolution of change in almost all aspect of governance."
Sison earlier said the communist movement remains relevant, leading "a vibrant revolution" 50 years after it was founded.
The Palace official said the administration wishes Sison well and they pray that he will be blessed with inner peace and enlightenment "in the spirit of Christmas."
"It is not too late thought for them to return to the fold of society and embrace the rule of law and the majority," Panelo said.