Duterte to NPA: You are almost like ISIS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — The New People's Army (NPA) got the brunt of President Rodrigo Duterte's ire Monday, saying they were almost like international terror group ISIS.

"Ang aking direction sa police pati Armed Forces [My direction to the police and the Armed Forces] is to give you no quarters. No quarters given, no quarters asked. I'm sick and tired of talking to you. Almost pareho kayo ng ISIS [You are almost the same as ISIS]," Duterte said during a speech in Quezon City Monday.

The president said the NPA is guided by an empty ideology which does nothing but kill people.

ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a terror group that has seized territories in Iraq and Syria. They have claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks worldwide, and has since attracted numerous sympathizers, including some citizens from Southeast Asia.

Duterte also lambasted the NPA over reports he's received saying that apart from extorting people for money, NPA rebels have also been harassing and touching women in far flung areas they go to.

Earlier this month, the president branded the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) as a terrorist organization in a proclamation welcomed by the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

READ: President Duterte declares the communist party and its armed wing a terrorist organization

"It was a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as a designated identified terrorist organization under RA (Republic Act) 10168, the Human Security Act," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a news briefing.

If a person or entity is charged with terrorism, they would be sentenced to jail  for 40 years without parole. The penalty is heavier than rebellion, which is punishable by reclusion perpetua or 20 to 40 years of imprisonment, but eligible for pardon after 30 years.

Rebellion, insurrection, murder, and arson may count as terrorist acts under the law.

At the same event in Quezon City, President Duterte led the ceremonial awarding of the Order of Lapu-Lapu to troops who fought in Marawi.

One by one, he conferred the award and medals on 104 wounded and relatives of killed officers from the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

CNN Philippines Digital Producer Pia Garcia contributed to this report.