President Rodrigo Roa Duterte renews his call to end the government’s dispute with the New People’s Army (NPA) to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao during his speech as the 12th anniversary celebration of the Armed Force of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) in Panacan, Davao City.
“Life isn’t that easy. Life has to evolve, and progress and development can’t be rushed through a revolution. If you’re always calling for revolution and killing people, nothing good will happen to our nation,” President Duterte said.
President Duterte also expressed hope that the government will finally reach an understanding with the communist rebels.
“So kung maari lang sana ayaw ko talaga. That’s my mission. I want peace for my land,” Duterte said.
President Duterte also vowed to bring to the Republic of China and Hong Kong some of the former female NPA rebels who have surrendered to the government to see the economic development of China, noting that the country also adopted the characteristics of a capitalist economy in spite of having then a communist ideology.
“I will let you go to China and Hong Kong. See personally what kind of communism it is… See how good it is, how modern those communists are,” Duterte said.