President Rodrigo Duterte is unsure if peace talks with communists can be restarted contemplating their demand for a coalition authorities.
In a speech Thursday (January 11), Duterte reiterated his stand that having a coalition authorities is out of the query.
“The rule here in this country, the Constitution, that if you want to get hold of the sovereign power of the state, if you want to exercise it, you go to the people and get yourself elected… Sovereignty cannot just be shared by anybody without the mandate of the people,” he mentioned.
Duterte mentioned the federal government can’t share its powers with “a group of persons pretending to be a force.”
He famous that whereas he was mates with the communists when he was mayor of Davao City, he can’t merely give in to his calls for now that he’s President.
“Noon, mayor lang ako and the sovereign rights that I exercise was just a very limited one with a limited area and power,” Duterte mentioned.
“So we have cut the talks now. I don’t know if it would still be or can be revived,” he added.
Duterte ended the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front over their alleged demand for a coalition authorities and the attaacks of communist rebels on troops.