Duterte to order mass arrest of communists

MANILA, Philippines — His officials said the terrorist classification of any group requires court approval, but President Duterte is already preparing for a roundup of communist peace consultants.

Yesterday, Duterte told newly promoted military officials to rearrest the communist rebels who were allowed to post bail so they could participate as consultants in the aborted peace talks.

“For those who are out temporarily, we will just zero in because any day now, I will order their mass arrest. I am forced to do this because this is what you want,” Duterte told military officials during a ceremony at Malacañang.

He said the communist peace consultants could now be considered fugitives.

The government, through a Supreme Court resolution, allowed the release of the rebel leaders to participate as consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the peace talks in Norway.

One of the conditions was that once their participation ceases or the peace negotiations are terminated, the bail bonds shall be “deemed automatically canceled.”

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Duterte cancelled the peace talks and publicly branded the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as a terrorist group.

The NDF is representing the CPP-NPA in the peace talks with the government.

Because of his call then to strike peace with the communists, Duterte said security forces have expressed their sentiments to him over releasing the rebels.

After the talks failed, Duterte said there is no turning back for the freed rebels even if they wanted to continue to negotiate peace with the government.

Among the released rebel leaders are spouses Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, the top NPA leaders,

“I released about 32, including the Tiamzon spouses. They are the ideologues of the Communist Party. They are also old already and I can understand why they are insisting on the resumption of the talks. One day, I will just have you rearrested,” he said.

Duterte warned militant groups and the NPA not to challenge his order or face the consequences.

“You try, and I will show that I am also sincere when I say that I will arrest you and confiscate all those things that are not allowed by law, it is not mine. It has been there for so many presidents to act. Now, on my term, I will do it,” Duterte said.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte’s order includes the groups and personalities supporting the NPA.

He said they are criminally liable for conspiracy to commit rebellion.

Roque said a person or a group could be charged for inciting to rebellion or sedition under the Human Security Act and other penal laws.

While the President declared the CPP-NPA as a terror group, Roque explained the charges against the group or person still needs to be processed by the courts under the Human Security Act.

Roque added that the President is empowered under the law to classify the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization. Malacañang is also abiding by the provisions of the Human Security Act to ensure that Duterte’s proclamation is supported by law, he said.

He said the communist peace consultants could now be considered fugitives.

The government, through a Supreme Court resolution, allowed the release of the rebel leaders to participate as consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in the peace talks in Norway.

One of the conditions was that once their participation ceases or the peace negotiations are terminated, the bail bonds shall be “deemed automatically canceled.”

Headlines ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Duterte cancelled the peace talks and publicly branded the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as a terrorist group.

The NDF is representing the CPP-NPA in the peace talks with the government.

Because of his call then to strike peace with the communists, Duterte said security forces have expressed their sentiments to him over releasing the rebels.

After the talks failed, Duterte said there is no turning back for the freed rebels even if they wanted to continue to negotiate peace with the government.

Among the released rebel leaders are spouses Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, the top NPA leaders,

“I released about 32, including the Tiamzon spouses. They are the ideologues of the Communist Party. They are also old already and I can understand why they are insisting on the resumption of the talks. One day, I will just have you rearrested,” he said.

Duterte warned militant groups and the NPA not to challenge his order or face the consequences.

“You try, and I will show that I am also sincere when I say that I will arrest you and confiscate all those things that are not allowed by law, it is not mine. It has been there for so many presidents to act. Now, on my term, I will do it,” Duterte said.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte’s order includes the groups and personalities supporting the NPA.

He said they are criminally liable for conspiracy to commit rebellion.

Roque said a person or a group could be charged for inciting to rebellion or sedition under the Human Security Act and other penal laws.

While the President declared the CPP-NPA as a terror group, Roque explained the charges against the group or person still needs to be processed by the courts under the Human Security Act.

Roque added that the President is empowered under the law to classify the CPP-NPA as a terrorist organization. Malacañang is also abiding by the provisions of the Human Security Act to ensure that Duterte’s proclamation is supported by law, he said.

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