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“I have been always ready to talk to the communists. We are in the best position now. There’s a window, it is not really very big. But there’s a window now for us to take stock of everything,” Duterte said.
The President said his administration's declaration of truce is a proof that they are not geared on fighting communists.
“In return, I also ordered a ceasefire,” he said.
The President pointed out that he was the first to order a truce with the New People’s Army (NPA), a showcase of good faith by the givernmwnt in attaining peace.
He said that he sensed that rebels were also tired of fighting.
He said this was also the case with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“If we can give the MILF the territory it wanted, which I am inclined to give so that there will be no more trouble. Anyway, it’s a definite territory also for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It stretches a little bit, [but] fine. We still have enough land in the entire Republic of the Philippines to make everybody happy,” he said.
Mr. Duterte said he is clueless as yo what the MNLF wanted as he has yet to talk with Nur Misuari.
Duterte said it was not advisable to arrest Misuari because if something happened to him in government custody, “we can kiss goodbye peace in that area.”
As for the Abu Sayyaf, the President made it clear that it was pointless to talk peace with the bandit group.
“You in the Abu Sayyaf, I saluted you before, but when you began to slaughter people in front of the camera, and now you killed an innocent boy, you lost my respect,” Duterte said.
Thus, the President's order to the police and military to “destroy” the bandit group.
The President said that a week can be enough ti destroy Abu Sayaff as the government had all the resources to annihilate the group. AJRSP