MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte slammed communists on Wednesday, September 26, in the face of a supposed ouster plot being hatched by his former professor, Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison.
Duterte was addressing law enforcers at the send-off ceremony of 250 units of transport vehicles for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna.
"Fifty years, walang ginawa ang komunista kundi pumatay, mang-extort (For 50 years, communists did nothing but kill, extort)," said the President in his speech on Wednesday afternoon.
Duterte also said he is not ready to talk to communists again.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, September 25, cleared Vice President Leni Robredo in the supposed ouster plot, but he asserted there is intelligence information on this. – Rappler.com
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