Some friends call our attention to the public pronouncements of Mayor Rody Duterte to appoint some members of the Communist Party of the Philippines to his Cabinet.
We are not totally surprised of this development knowing that Duterte acknowledged to be a leftist and a member of the Kabataang Makabayan.
Duterte himself talked to Jose Ma. Sison via Skype during the campaign whom the former referred to the Joma as “sir”.
Duterte early this week identified his choices to helm Cabinet positions in his administration, while offering four departments as an olive branch for members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to fill.
The mayor and self-styled sheriff of Davao City said it was time to put an end to hostilities with the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, which has been embroiled in decades of on-off fighting with government troops in the south and east of the country that has killed 40,000 people.
“Ang ibibigay ko sa Communist Party of the Philippines, open yung Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Labor (DOLE) if they want kasi sabi nila pinaka-oppress ng ano yan,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao City.
“They are the most vigilant group in the Philippines about labor so they would get it. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at madami pang iba but those are the only departments I can concede to them, that four. Maganda na ‘yan,” he added.
“I offer my hand in peace to Sison and to others and we can talk,” Duterte told a news conference in Davao, where he has remained since a May 9 election for which an unofficial vote count shows him a clear winner.
In a television interview, Sison said he was felt proud to see Duterte win but ruled himself out of serving in his cabinet. He said the CPP would seriously consider his offer.
“No, I don’t want any position for myself, but you know there are many people who are very competent,” Duterte said.
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