MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday hit back at Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison after the latter called President Rodrigo Duterte a “mediocre student” and a “modern maniac.”
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Sison’s long exile “has dulled his senses, put him out of touch of reality and in constant state of hallucination.”
Panelo added “the choice is obvious” between Sison, “an intellectual whose fifty years of rebellion is a failure that brought only the loss of lives and destruction of property and fear to the very people he is supposed to have fought for” and Duterte, “who rose to the presidency of the land by an overwhelming majority, and who has launched a revolution of change in almost all aspects of governance.”
Duterte won the presidency with 16 million votes in the 2016 polls, representing 39 percent of the total votes cast, a simple plurality and not a majority.
Panelo also said that “the winds of change will sweep this incorrigible rebel, who is living in comfort and luxury while his comrades are in the hills, as well as those who follow him, to oblivion and will be buried in the dustbin of history.”
“It is not too late though for them to return to the fold of society and embrace the rule of law and the majority,” he added.
Panelo issued yet another attack on Sison after the latter told ANC on Wednesday that Duterte is a “modern maniac in power trying to put on a national scale his blood-thirsty kind of character.”
Sison also said in a statement on Christmas Day that Duterte is the “abominable No. 1 violator of human rights and is the precise target of the Filipino people’s exercise of their sovereign right to free themselves from tyranny and to undertake all necessary actions to oust him from his position.”
“Duterte and his followers seem to have forgotten that he received only 39% of the vote in the elections of 2016 and that the 61% that did not vote for him was the overwhelming majority. Despite the weakness and vulnerability of his position, Duterte has become a tyrant escalating the oppression and exploitation of the people,” Sison said.
“He has brazenly used his armed minions to commit mass murders and other human rights violations. He has arrogantly pushed his scheme of fascist dictatorship through charter change for a bogus federalism. He has imposed an intolerable tax burden on the people and has caused the prices of basic goods and services to soar. He has treasonously sold out the sovereign rights and national patrimony of the people.”