Duterte to mining companies paying taxes to communists: Stop or I will shut you down

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his toughening stance against the communist movement Tuesday.

Speaking before businessmen during the opening of an art exhibit dedicated to Marawi troops at Bonifacio Global City, the President issued a warning to mining companies that government will shut down their operations if they will continue to pay revolutionary tax to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

"All mining companies are paying taxes to the NPA. Without exception. But hindi magta-thrive yang mga mining nila pag hindi magbibigay ng pera yan [But the mining companies will not thrive if they don't give money]. We have to decide once and for all. If I go against the NPAs, the communists, everybody else has to reconfigure your relationship with the NPA. Because if you continue to support financially, I will close you down," he said.

The President reiterated his decision to tag the CPP-NPA (New People's Army) as a terror group.

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He said in jest, that since the Left has constantly labelled him as an Amboy or American boy, he would categorize the communist movement, along with the Abu Sayyaf and ISIS, something the U.S. did years before.

He will also seek to stop negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF) which represents the CPP-NPA in the peace talks.

Subsequently, Duterte wants all suspected rebel leaders freed last year to join in the talks to be re-arrested – of course, through the orders of the Judiciary.

The President also said tonight before an audience of ranking military officials and families of slain soldiers, that he too, hopes to become a hero someday.

He says, this is the biggest honor a public servant like him can achieve in a lifetime.

The President led the opening of an interactive art installation exhibit, titled Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga.

The exhibit runs until December 5, and is open to the public to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices of our policemen and soldiers in liberating Marawi.