- Pres. Duterte ordered soldiers and police to shoot on sight armed NPA rebels
- Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the President is within bounds when he ordered to shoot the rebels
- Roque said an arms-bearing rebel is a proper military target
An arms-bearing rebel is a proper military target, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in defense of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the police and military to shoot on sight armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.
“So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorist, if he’s holding a firearm – shoot,” Duterte said during a send-off ceremony for the five Vietnamese fishermen at the Sual wharf in Pangasinan on Wednesday, November 29.
The President also said he is preparing an executive order declaring the Communist Party, its armed wing, the NPA and its political arm, the National Democratic Front, as terrorists.
As mentioned in a GMA News story dated November 30, 2017, Roque explained that carrying firearms illegally is a crime.
“Of course (he is within bounds), because anyone who bears arms is guilty of rebellion. The crime of rebellion is the crime of taking up arms against the government,” he said.
“So natural, so when you are bearing arms against the government you are engaged in crime, you are supposed to implement the law and yes, the President has that power to implement the law. It is a domestic, not an international armed conflict, and an arms-bearing rebel is a proper military target,” he added.
Earlier, Vice President Leni Robredo said Pres. Duterte’s order to shoot suspected armed rebels is not in accordance with the Constitution.