President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would pay PhP 20,000 indigenous people (Lumads) for every communist fighters the can kill.
Duterte made this offer to Lumads days after the suspected members of the New People’s Army,the communists’ armed-wing, reportedly shot dead a tribal chief and his son in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
“If they (Lumads) want, if they are well trained enough, give me about three months, I will train them as CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit) and give them firearms and go out and hunt for those who killed their comrades,” Duterte told a press conference.
“If you got one NPA, I said also, I will pay you… I will make it 20,000 per head,” he added.
“Marami mang pera ang gobyerno. Kung magbayad kayo ng tax ninyo mas lalong marami ako (The government has a lot of money especially if you pay taxes).”
The President also made the remarks even as he previously threatened to bomb Lumad schools that he claimed were run by communists.
Duterte terminated peace talks with Maoist rebels amid continued hostilities while negotiations were ongoing last November 2017.