- CPP founder said labeling his party and its armed wing means nothing
- He blasted president as ‘despot of death and destruction’
- CPP also said it rejects designation as part of Duterte’s kowtowing to US
MANILA, Philippines – Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said his party and its armed wing the New People’s Army (NPA) will shrug off President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation tagging them as terrorists.
“Labeling them as terrorist groups means nothing,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
In turn, Sison blasted his former student as the ‘despot of death and destruction’ who will be remembered in ignominy.
“He is crazy enough to be happy going down in history as the butcher of the Filipino people. His ambition is to become the despot of death and destruction,” he said.
For its part, the CPP said it rejected the terrorist designation as nothing more than Duterte acceding to the wishes of the United States.
“By kowtowing to the US line of “counterterrorism,” Duterte is opening wide the door for increased US military intervention across the country, as he did in Marawi and Mindanao when he declared the now defunct Maute group as “terrorists.” Duterte’s shameless puppetry to his US imperialist masters is unbounded when it comes to furthering his own fascist ambitions,” it said.
The party also said the designation also clearly targets not only the CPP and left-leaning groups, but also ordinary businesses and persons with harassment by simply associating them with the Reds.
“Duterte will also be able to shakedown or extort from corporations and businesses by simply associating them with the NPA. He has already done so by threatening mining companies which he accuses of “aiding” the NPA by paying revolutionary taxes,” the CPP said.