Duterte: I won't allow 'dying Sison' to return home

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FILE PHOTO. President Rodrigo Duterte says communist leader Joma Sison will be arrested once he returns to the country.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison to set foot in the country.

"I will not allow him to enter his native land and that is a very painful experience especially if you're dying and you think you should be buried in your own cemetery, in your own town," Duterte said in a speech Friday at the alumni homecoming of San Beda College of Law.

These harsh words are far from what Duterte said in April, when he offered Sison to return to the country "because he's very sick." This is something the communist group has denied.

In January, the government also asked the United States to remove  Sison from the list of international terrorists, to allow him to return to the country without being arrested and participate in the ongoing peace negotiations.

Duterte on Friday said Sison will be arrested once he returns to the country.

"If Joma Sison comes here, I will arrest him or if I were him, 'wag na siyang bumalik dito (he must never return)," he said.

Sison, who hails from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, is the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The NDFP represents rebels in talks to end the communist movement's 48-year-old armed insurgency, the longest-running in Asia.

Sison has been in self-exile in the Netherlands since 1987, after the collapse of the negotiations under then President Corazon Aquino.

Duterte on Thursday issued Proclamation 360, terminating the peace negotiations. His government was the sixth administration to try to end the armed rebellion.

Read more: Duterte formally ends talks with Reds

Duterte on Friday asked communist rebels he had earlier freed to pave way for the talks to go back to jail since the negotiations had been terminated.

He said this was what he promised the military who seemed to be questioning his decisions. "If I fail, then there is always the remedy. Rearrest them and place them back to jail," he recalled telling military officials.

Related: Duterte orders freed communist rebels to surrender: 'Go back to where you belong'

Sison, meanwhile, accused Duterte of "sabotaging" the peace talks and called for the President's possible ouster.

Related: Communist party founder: Duterte 'sabotaged' peace negotiations

Sison also called Duterte a "big liar" after the President said the talks were canceled because the communist rebels were proposing a "coalition government."

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Sison said it was Duterte who first floated the idea of a coalition government in 2014. Quoting a news report, he said Duterte saw coalition as the answer to ending the decades-long war with the rebels.

Related: Duterte: Peace talks canceled when communists proposed a coalition gov't

Earlier in Duterte's term, he was still on friendly terms with Sison, his former professor at the Lyceum University where he took his Political Science degree.

Things went sour as the government and rebels accused each other of violating their own unilateral ceasefire.