Another campaign promise down the drain. After promising to rid the country of the scourge of drug addiction within six months, and failing, now, our president says he's scratching out the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and is urging soldiers to prepare for a "long war." Duterte even said, he expects "no peace" in this generation.
Mr. President, I hate to say this, but you are wrong.
Mr. President you have created an illusion of instability in this country and for what? The CPP-NPA-NDF has been waging war for the past forty plus years and they are in for the long haul, as what Joma wrote in several of his articles. The Party is committed to a protracted people's war (PPW) and there is no cause for them to be alarmed by your pronouncement of war because the Party has overcome much better opposition from more worthy opponents in the past.
The Party has overcome the brutalities of a dictatorship and it will not matter anymore if yours turn into a copycat Macoy-like administration because, they have survived such 36 years ago.
Two Aquinos came, and the Party withstood brickbats from all fronts calling it a moribund and "out of touch" party. A former military man tried to talk with the Party but he failed. A populist president ascended Malacanan and waged war, a brutal one, but realized his mistake when, after 2 years, the Party joined forces with civil society and ousted him.
A social democrat replaced that populist president but even went as far as approving an assassination attempt against the NDF leadership based in the Netherlands. She even approved the US decision to tag the CPP-NPA-NDF and its leaders of being a terror organisation.
Mr. Duterte, you are not dealing with amateurs here. Lest you forget, this is the Big League.
Of course, everyone know that one of your least admirable traits is your impatience. You want action. You have been accustomed to a life which is a perfumed one. When you were young, your mother gave your every whim and caprice. That's why you act your class--you're a cono throughout.
Mr. Duterte, this Party has been fighting for the freedom of all Filipinos against capitalist exploitation, against Oligarchs, against landlords who continually oppress 32 million Filipinos and enslave them and want nothing more than for these Filipinos to continue being slaves of the land they have toiled, and have tilled since their childhood.
Mr. Duterte, peace in this country remains elusive because of the antics of such people like you who refused to understand the deepest reasons why Filipinos militate against their government.
You can't have peace by calling yourself, "socialist" or by portraying that you know what ails the Filipino. No. That's a child talking there.
Sincerity. Faith. Patience. Those are qualities which a peacemaker should have if one is really sincere in seeing these lands and these people appeased.
Life is not black and white. You don't want to talk to me? Then let's war. That's not how to handle a state matter such as this.
War is for fools. War is something only a Juan Tamad wants. You don't give me what I want, then let's war? Stupid.
Mr. Duterte--you are not as strong as you think you are. You even mocked God, by profaning Him and His Will, saying in public that you deserve heaven. Heaven is for those who continually work for the betterment of his fellow human being. Those who kill deserve the hottest fires of hell.
There is still room for peace.
1. It is time for the private sector to intervene. Let's form a peace coalition of Filipinos or Coalition of Filipinos for Peace (CFP) who want to end this interacine war that has been raging since the very inception of this Republic.
2. Empower this private initiative to have a formal status. For years, we have been funding the OPAPP but sadly though, this agency has failed, and failed repeatedly. Now is the time to field new people who understand the real situation and is willing to mediate between the GRP and the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Mr. Duterte, if you are really sincere in your promises, be true to your words. There is still time. Otherwise, if you really want war, then prepare for its dire consequences. Like you said, it will be nasty....and bloody. No one wants a bloody war. It will drain state resources, and eventually cost you your presidency.