Davao’s Dutertes invite communists for dinner

Subscribe Now December 22, 2010 at 06:51pm

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has invited members of the communist New People's Army to break bread with him and his family on Christmas Eve, assuring them of their safety while a 19-day ceasefire agreement between the government and the rebels is in place. Mayor Inday Sara, Duterte's daughter, also urged the rebels to "take a rest and celebrate with us... and let us know each other more."

“We urge them to come down so that they will be able to see what the government has been doing for the city. I also want them to meet with our employees,” the mayor said.

She said that she wanted to "meet them and talk to them in person.”

Christmas, she said, was a good opportunity for her and the rebels to mutually know each other.

The mayor said the rebels had been inviting her to join them in the countryside but she could not find an opportunity to oblige them.

The elder Duterte said safe-conduct passes would be provided for the rebels who will be going home for Christmas.

“We will work on giving a safe-conduct pass for you. I assume full responsibility of your safety here,” he said.

He asked the NPA, however, to accord the military the same treatment.

“Kung aakyat din ang military, huwag niyo rin silang gagalawin [If the military goes to the countryside, please also don’t touch them],” he said.

But as this developed, he fumed over threats of arrest issued by the police against rebels with standing arrest warrants.

"There will be trouble if they will do that. Threats like that don't help... and there is even a ceasefire," Duterte said.

"The rebels will surely fight back and the ceasefire will be violated," he said.

Superintendent Querubin Manalang, spokesperson of the police in Southern Mindanao, said they will be compelled to arrest high-profile rebel leaders like Leoncio Pitao, alias Kumander Parago, of the Pulang Bagani Command, because of pending arrest warrants.

Source: inquirer.net

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