Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
October 23, 2018
Duterte and his political and military minions talk as if they had all the money in the world to buy or bribe every one of the thousands of NPA Red fighters, the tens of thousands in the people’s militia, the hundreds of thousands in self-defense units of the rural based mass organizations and even the millions of the revolutionary masses.
The US-Duterte regime is in fact bankrupt. It is afflicted by bureaucratic corruption from the level of the President down, excessive expenditures for the military and police, graft-laden infrastructure projects, budgetary and trade deficits and growing foreign and local public debt.
Thus Duterte and his economic managers have callously raised the regressive tax burden at the expense of the ordinary consumers and have caused the prices of basic goods and services to soar. As a result, the broad masses of the people detest the Duterte regime for their economic hardship and suffering.
The discretionary and intelligence funds as well as the funds intended for expanding the armed forces have become the milking cows of Duterte and the highest military officers for their private enrichment. Lower level military officers have their own lucrative rackets in making expensive intelligence projects and in killing supposed NPA suspects to collect cash rewards.
The Red fighters of the NPA are well disciplined and intelligent enough to recognize that the offers of housing, jobs and cash rewards are a bait for a few gullibles to be entrapped in the scheme of military officers who can condemn them any time as having pretended to surrender or having gone back to the NPA and kill them to collect the cash rewards for killing NPA fighters.