"Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) should fear President Duterte," Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada said.
Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada said communist rebels should fear President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Aba, matakot sila kay President Duterte, baka mapaspasan din sila," Estrada said in a statement.
“Tignan natin kung ang ating Pangulo ay magbibigay pa ng chance pero ‘pag hindi nila tinupad ‘yung usapan na ‘yan, delikado na sila,” he added.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had said that President Duterte is still open to reviving the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Last weekend, President Duterte announced that he is terminating the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
On Saturday, the NPA declared a "heightened resistance" against the Armed Forces of the Philippines all-out war.
The CPP had also said that the all-out war declared by the government against the NPA will fail.
The CPP-NPA is included in the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations.
Meanwhile, Estrada said he is still hopeful that the government will return to the negotiating table with the communist group.
“Hopefully, hopefully, dahil NPA naman ‘to, e, hindi naman MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), e. Iba ‘to . Ang mga NPA, ang problema naman nila mga land reform lang talaga,” he said.
Duterte's administration has continued its peace efforts with the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front.
During his time, Estrada declared na all-out war against the MILF after the failure of talks with the Moro group.
“I talked to them for about three months then in the fourth month, they burned down Kauswagan (Lanao Del Norte), many innocent civilians, mostly children were killed, and they even beheaded six soldiers,” Estrada said.