Mala­cañang down­plays Reds’ 2019 thrust to oust Pres­i­dent

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MALA­CAÑANG merely brushed aside the plan of the com­mu­nist gueril­las to over­throw Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte this year.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo the com­mu­nist move­ment’s plan to top­ple the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion was not a cause for con­cern.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1, Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP) found­ing chair­man Jose Maria Si­son said re­mov­ing Duterte from of­fice is the top pri­or­ity of the com­mu­nist party this year.

“Well, he (Si­son) has been say­ing that and as I said much ear­lier and even re­cently, his is a failed re­bel­lion. It’s about time that he REALPRESIDENT izes that fact that 50 years of re­bel­lion does not born any fruits, in­so­far as the in­ten­tion of the re­bel­lion he has launched is con­cerned,” Panelo told Palace re­porters.

The com­mu­nist founder said his party would keep in touch with its “pos­si­ble al­lies” to ful­fill its ul­ti­mate goal to “iso­late and oust the Duterte regime from power.”

“Its (Com­mu­nist party) prin­ci­pal work now is to work for the ouster of the Duterte regime,” Si­son said.

Un­fazed by Si­son’s pro­nounce­ment, Panelo just taunted the com­mu­nist leader, whom he branded as a “vi­sion­ary” whose plans against the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion were based on il­lu­sions.

“He (Si­son) is an il­lu­sion­ist, a vi­sion­ary that has be­come il­lu­sory. Pala­gay ko pana­hon na magka­roon siya ng en­light­en­ment (Per­haps, I think it’s time for him to have en­light­en­ment),” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

“But I don’t blame him, given the fact that he’s how many thou­sand miles away. Wala ta­laga siya sa re­al­i­dad eh. Hindi niya nakikita ang nangya­yari dito sa Pilip­inas (In­deed, he does not face reality. He does

not see what’s hap­pen­ing in the Philip­pines,” he added, re­fer­ring to Si­son, who has been in self-ex­ile in the Nether­lands since 1987.

Panelo said the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion was not wor­ried about Si­son’s “empty” threat.

Panelo, nev­er­the­less, said the gov­ern­ment troops are ready to fight com­mu­nist gueril­las who will at­tempt to desta­bi­lize the gov­ern­ment.

“Wala na­man ta­la­gang mase­lan na threat ‘yung kay Si­son mismo. Pero ‘yung nasa ground na si­lang gu­ma­gawa ng pagsalakay, ‘yun ang mga banta but ready na­man ang at­ing mga armed forces diyan (Si­son’s threat was fu­tile. But for ac­tive com­mu­nists who can be con­sid­ered as threats, our armed forces are ready for them),” he said.

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