Duterte gives communists 60 days for talks, wants Sison to come

President Rodrigo Dutertes is giving the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (NDF) (CPP–NPA–NDF) 60-day window for peace negotiations.

“My duty, my fundamental basic duty, is to see to it that the country is peaceful,” Duterte said during the 24th National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) annual convention on April 21 in Legazpi City.

However, the President is asking Jose Maria Sison to come back in the Philippines.

“I created a small window – 60 days. Proposal ko kay Sison hindi ako magpunta doon sa – Ang pinag-awayan natin ang Pilipinas man. O so pumunta ka dito,” he said. “Ako magbigay ng pamasahe, I will pay all your billeting and pagkain.”

He added that the armed wing NPA should stay in a camp.

“Kayong mga guerilla front, you stay in one place, mag-kampo na kayo. Dalhin ninyo ‘yung baril diyan sa loob ng kampo ninyo,” he said. “Tell us where you are, you can go out of the camp, minus the arms.”

“I will give you the complete freedom to move. Wala akong molestiyahin. I will order the military and the police to be nice to you,” he said.

“Take advantage of that 60 days. If it succeeds, then I would like to thank God una and the Filipino people and the military and the police and – for their understanding,” the President said.