Pu­long backs dec­la­ra­tion tag­ging NPA as ter­ror­ists

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DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said that he sup­ports the move of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte’s dec­la­ra­tion of NPA as ter­ror­ists.

“Tama lang (It is but right),“the vice mayor said.

He said that the dec­la­ra­tion should have been done years ago given the record of the NPA in ha­rass­ing, killing, and op­press­ing the poor farm­ers and indige­nous peo­ple.

“Kailan lang, isang bata ang na­matay dahil sa gi­nawang am­bush ng teror­is­tang grupo na ito sa Bukid­non. Ang edad ng batang babae ay four months old lang, “he said.

Duterte, how­ever, said that the NPA has cause and ad­vo­cacy, but it is crooked and only serves the per­sonal in­ter­est of their lead­ers.

He said that the NPA is not even anti-min­ing but they ask mil­lions from min­ing com­pa­nies, and if not given to them, they burn min­ing equip­ment. “Saan na­pupunta ang pera? Sa mga lumad ba? Siyem­pre hindi. Na­pupunta ito sa mga bulsa ng mga lider nila, (sila) ang nag­pa­pakasarap at nag­pa­pakasasa,” he said.

Duterte also blamed the NPA for the slow de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try as the peo­ple had been al­low­ing NPA to threaten them.

“Ha­los 50 years nang naghi­hi­rap ang bansa dahil sa kanila.. Kasi tinu-

tur­ing silang baby noon. Mga spoiled brats,” Duterte said.

He added that there is no dif­fer­ence be­tween Maute and Abu Sayaff.

“Pareho silang mga sa­lot sa lipunan at hayok sap era at dugo at gusto lang pahi­ra­pan ang bansa at ang mga Pinoy,” he said.

He added that the public must cease call­ing NPA as rebel group and start call­ing them as they are – ter­ror­ists. KVC

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