Duterte ready for Reds' alleged ouster plot

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President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) Celebration in Mindanao at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to face another ouster plot, this time from communist group.

"Ang sabi nila, instead of fighting, they'll use their energies to oust Duterte," he said in a speech in Davao City Friday. "Okay lang, kung 'yun ang ginusto ng tao. I am ready to be ousted. Pero fight muna tayo."

[Translation:They said instead of instead of fighting, they'll use their energies to oust Duterte. That's okay. If that's what the people want, I am ready to be ousted. But, let's fight first.]

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said earlier "there will be more guerilla offensives" while the President is still in power.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines has dropped talks with the Duterte administration, following the decision to postpone negotiations for a review of all signed deals between the two parties.

Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana said the Reds have redirected their plans to oust Duterte, which is expected to "culminate" in October 2018.

While the CPP said Lorenzana's claims are fabricated, Duterte said he is no longer keen on talking to them, including Sison.

"Sabi ni Sison I will not last three years. Sabi ko kay Sison ngayon, ayaw ko na makipag-usap sa inyo, kasi sabi niyo three years na lang ako, so wala na akong time makipag-usap sa inyo so bahala na kayo diyan," he said.

[Translation: Sison said I will not last three years. I told Sison now, I don't want to talk with you, because you said I would only last for three years, so I no longer have time to talk to you.]

The Duterte government is the sixth administration to talk to the communist group in a bid to end its 50-year insurgency — the longest-running in Asia.