I have always made clear that I am not in any position to issue any kind of order to the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army. Certainly, I cannot order them to launch any offensive campaign or operations against the AFP.

When I was asked by a journalist what is the military response of the CPP and NPA to Duterte´s termination of the peace negotiations and threat to destroy the revolutionary movement, I simply said that the CPP had already publicly announced its order to the NPA to intensify tactical offensives against the AFP.

When asked next about the offensive capability of the NPA, I gave a minimalist estimate of at least one enemy soldier dead everyday in 17 regions or 510 enemy troops dead every month (17 times 30 days). Actually, a higher estimate can be easily made if you use as multiplier 100 guerrilla fronts. Anyone can freely make estimates.

I cannot order the NPA to kill anyone. For people to appreciate my position, I have to advise the NDFP first to recommend to the CPP and NPA to respect the safety and immunity guarantees for GRP negotiating personnel under JASIG.

I am quite different from Duterte who violates the JASIG and boasts of his brutal and bloodthirsty character by threatening to kill 5 NPA suspects (male or female) for every AFP soldier killed in battle. In fact, Duterte´s armed minions have run amuck by killing so many people on mere suspicion or sheer malice under Oplan Kapayapaan, Oplan Tokhang and Operation: Pacific Eagle-Philippines.

It can be further estimated that the offensives of the NPA can compel or persuade Duterte to negotiate peace with the NDFP or simply cause his overthrow by a united front which will replace him with another leader of the GRP. Anyone can freely make estimates.

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