If there’s one Cabinet official who is aware of President Rodrigo Duterte’s pleasant historical past with the communists, it will be Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
In a speech earlier than the households of fallen troopers in Malacañang Tuesday (July 25), Duterte recalled Lorenzana’s concern when he wished to meet with the New People’s Army as mayor of Davao City– solely to discover out that the then-military official had ulterior motives for advising towards the go to.
Back in 1987, Lorenzana was the pinnacle of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion stationed in Davao City whereas Duterte was the mayor.
“Nandiyan ‘yang si Secretary Lorenzana. Sabi ko, ‘Sige. Usap man lang kaya?’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige.’ ‘Di ‘yung pinag… ‘yung baruto na… Si Secretary Lorenzana, hindi pumayag. Sabi niya, ‘Huwag kang pumunta doon,’” he recalled.
Duterte stated he ultimately discovered that Lorenzana didn’t want him to go as a result of he can be susceptible to getting demoted ought to something untoward occur to the mayor.
“Sabi niya, ‘Malapit na akong maging General, p****i**.’ Sabi niya, ‘Huwag, delikado.’ Sabi ko… isip-isip ko, ano pala — delikado pala sa kanya ma-demote. Biro mo balik na naman siyang pagka-major,” he quipped.
Duterte lately cancelled peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines over the assaults launched by the NPA towards authorities forces this month.