Sison: I only gave estimate, not an order to kill soldiers

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding leader Jose Maria Sison clarified that he cannot issue an order to CPP-NPA after President Rodrigo Duterte said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can kill 5 NPA terrorists for every soldier slain.

Duterte made the statement after Sison said the NPA can kill 1 government troop everyday in every Philippine region.

“I have always made clear that I am not in any position to issue any kind of order to the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army. Certainly, I cannot order them to launch any offensive campaign or operations against the AFP,” Sison said in a statement.

He said that he was just answering a press query regarding the capability of NPA.

“I gave a minimalist estimate of at least one enemy soldier dead everyday in 17 regions or 510 enemy troops dead every month (17 times 30 days). Actually, a higher estimate can be easily made if you use as multiplier 100 guerrilla fronts. Anyone can freely make estimates,” he said.

“I cannot order the NPA to kill anyone. For people to appreciate my position, I have to advise the NDFP first to recommend to the CPP and NPA to respect the safety and immunity guarantees for GRP negotiating personnel under JASIG,” he explained.

“I am quite different from Duterte who violates the JASIG and boasts of his brutal and bloodthirsty character by threatening to kill 5 NPA suspects (male or female) for every AFP soldier killed in battle. In fact, Duterte´s armed minions have run amuck by killing so many people on mere suspicion or sheer malice under Oplan Kapayapaan, Oplan Tokhang and Operation: Pacific Eagle-Philippines,” he added.