Is it an offer that they can’t refuse?
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he would offer to the Communist Party of the Philippines the top posts of the following government agencies:
- Department of Agrarian Reform
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Department of Labor and Employment
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
”These are the only departments I can concede to them,” he said.
“Duterte is a self-professed socialist who once studied under CPP founder Jose Maria C. Sison at the Lyceum of the Philippines,” noted Carmencita A. Carillo on BusinessWorld Online.
Duterte also had this to say about the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army: “I do not begrudge the NPAs for looking for arms.” However, he added, “they have to realize that I am the government and I am the enemy also, but I offer my hand in peace to (Mr.) Sison and the rest, and we can talk.”