- The President warned communists of no talks if they kill or hurt one more soldier
- He also called on them to stop the use of landmines
- CPP ordered its forces to step up attacks, accused Duterte of pandering to the military
MANILA, Philippines— With their peace talks in peril amid accusations of ill-will flying hurled at both sides, President Rodrigo Duterte warned the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) that he will definitely cancel their negotiations should its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) kill or injure one more soldier.
“If one more soldier of the Armed Forces dies or gets hurt, then they should forget the peace talks,” ABS-CBN quoted Duterte as saying. “Either you stop it or we stop talking. Let’s fight for another 45 years.”
The president in particular expressed his disgust at the communists’ continued use of landmines which has been prohibited by international law.
”The conduct of war dictates that you don’t use land mines, especially that some soldiers are living with their families in camps,” he said.
Duterte pointed out it was ironic how the rebels can invoke international law to their convenience when they have been ignoring the Geneva Convention which bans the use of landmines.
“I cannot understand for the life of me that if it is to your advantage, you invoke the Geneva Convention provisions,” he said. “I am now invoking the Geneva Conventions. It is part of the international law not only of the Philippines but around the world.”
For its part, the CPP ordered its forces to intensify its attacks and accused the president of pandering to the military.
“He issues one sensational but completely empty statement after another such as recruiting one million soldiers. He has resorted to personally bashing the revolutionaries without effect but to satisfy the base humor of his bestial AFP troops and their zealot officers,” the CPP said.