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Duterte Cheers Rebels: ‘Mabuhay ang NPA’

By: Karlos Manlupig
Inquirer Mindanao
12:19 AM November 9th, 2015

DAVAO CITY—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte admitted calling out “Mabuhay ang NPA” during the release of two government soldiers in the mountains of Laak, Compostela Valley, on Tuesday.

The communist New People’s Army (NPA) had seized Pfc. Niño Alavaro and Pfc. Marjon Añover at a guerrilla checkpoint in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, on Sept. 30 and held them for investigation for “crimes against humanity” and “counter-revolutionary activities.”
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Duterte and the Davao Left

By Omar Bantayan – October 19, 2015

The Davao Left has a concrete united front framework in its relationship with Duterte — as far as I could recall.

When we talk about united front, these would come in the form of pointing out concerns that we could unite on and where we would struggle. And, since I have not been around for some time, call me out if I am wrong with my recollections.
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Duterte Says NPAs Welcome in Malacañang If He Becomes President

by Alexander D. Lopez
July 11, 2015

Davao City – has admitted maintaining close ties with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), but said that he has only done so to bridge peace with the insurgents.

“The military knows that I have connections with the Left. The kind of connection was not the one involved in killing, but the one where they discussed what was better for everybody,” Duterte told a huge crowd Thursday evening during the wake of slain NPA leader Leoncio “Kumander Parago” Pitao at the Almendras Gym here.
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Duterte Defends Allowing Hero’s Burial for Slain NPA Leader

By: Dennis Jay Santos
Inquirer Mindanao
12:34 PM July 11th, 2015

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has continued to defend his decision to allow a hero’s burial for slain New People’s Army (NPA) leader Leoncio Pitao here on Friday, saying there was nothing wrong with it.

Criticisms against Duterte flooded the social media and accused him of being a communist too after he allowed the NPA to hold a funeral march for Pitao, also known as Parago, here.
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Duterte Vows to Forge Coalition with CPP, MNLF If Elected President

By: Germelina Lacorte
Inquirer Mindanao
05:58 PM December 28th, 2014

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has firmed up speculations over his interest in running for president in the 2016 elections when he said he would forge a coalition government with the Communist Party of the Philippines if ever he were elected as the next president.

During the Dec. 21 episode of his Sunday television program, Duterte said anew that he hoped the coalition government would end the 46-year communist rebellion.
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NPA Taxation A Reality, Just Pay Them – Duterte

Oct. 22, 2013 DAVAO TODAY

DAVAO CITY – City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had this advice to agri-business players who might be asked for ‘revolutionary taxes’ by the New People’s Army: just pay them.

The mayor raised this point, along with other concerns on peace and order, in his address during the opening day of the Davao Trade Expo 2013 last Thursday at the SMX Convention Center.
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Duterte Thumbs Down Plan to Bring “Balikatan” to Davao

By Mindanews on May 31 2007 1:55 am

Speaking at the regular meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), which he chairs, Duterte said that “somebody from the top” conferred with him about the Balikatan war games two months ago.

The annual Balikatan (literally, “shoulder-to-shoulder”), opposed by militant groups, is the focus of the two countries’ security alliance.
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