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Duterte makes a fool of himself by denying the existence of the people´s government

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By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
February 12, 2019

In one of his latest rants against me, Duterte makes a fool of himself by denying the existence of the people’s democratic government and opposing its vital function of taxation for defraying the costs of administration and various social programs for the benefit of the people.

Duterte should be reminded that when he was still mayor of Davao city he publicly acknowledged the existence of the people’s democratic government and also publicly urged the owners of taxable properties and enterprises to pay their taxes to this revolutionary government or else incur penalties.

Now, he claims that the only government there is in the Philippines is the reactionary government of big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats like him. And in glaring despotic style he uses the personal possessive pronoun “my” to refer to the reactionary government, its public funds, its armed forces and police.

Whenever necessary, the NDFP has always pointed out there are two governments in the Philippines, the reactionary one and the revolutionary one of workers and peasants. These two governments are in a state of civil war (as distinguished from national war against foreign aggression) and they are co-belligerents under the international laws on armed conflict, human rights and humanitarian conduct.###

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Duterte insults Sison: ‘When did you have your own gov’t?’
By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 08:56 PM February 11, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday taunted exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison for justifying the rebels’ collection of revolutionary taxes to aid “needed financial resources for administration and social programs” of what he called as “people’s government.”

“‘Yun ang statement ni Sison. Anong gobyerno? P**a n ka, kailan ka pa nagkaroon ng gobyerno? Ang gobyerno amin,” Duterte said in a speech during the distribution of certificates of land ownership awards (Cloas) for farmers in Buluan, Maguindanao.

Duterte on Friday again opened the possibility of the resumption of peace talks with the communists but on the condition that rebels would stop their extortion activities and collection of revolutionary taxes.

The President has issued a series of flip-flopping statements on his position on the resumption of peace talks with local communists after he signed Proclamation No. 360 on November 2017, which terminated negotiations for peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

Sison has justified the rebels’ collection of revolutionary taxes, saying the “people’s government needs financial resources for administration and social programs, including public education, land reform, raising production, health and sanitation, people’s self-defense, cultural work, and so on”.

Duterte, however, dismissed this and said Sison, his former college professor, was only dreaming.

“Gusto niyo patayan lang palagi, tapos mag-dream ka na kailangan ka mag-extort kasi ‘yung inyong gobyerno kailangan mabuhay,” he said. /kga

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