National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement that Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison is “doomed to irrelevance” after President Rodrigo Duterte said that peace talks will only be held in the Philippines.
“Come back home Mr. Sison and find out for yourself what your country and countrymen have become. Your country has progressed a lot despite your destabilization efforts for the past 49 years. The people have wizened up to the bankruptcy of your so-called revolution,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
He added that members of CPP’s armed wing NPA are surrendering in record numbers and are taking advantage of the beneficence of the government, “the government you so detest you want to bring it down violently.”
“Or maybe you don’t want to come back because you will be made to account for your sins, like the Plaza Miranda bombing, the mass liquidation of NPA cadres on suspicion of being deep penetration agents,” the defense chief added.
“Sad that a once brilliant revolutionary would end up this way. President Duterte was right when he said, if Sison is really brilliant he would be the president not me,” he added.
According to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, President Duterte has four conditions for peace talks with communists to resume: 1. there will be no coalition government; 2. there will be a stop in the collection of the so-called revolutionary tax; 3. the venue of the talks will be local; 4. there will be a ceasefire agreement in which armed NPA members are encamped in designated areas.