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By: Robert B. Roque, Jr.

Referring to someone as being “double-faced” may very well be the most insulting remark a person can give to someone else.

It denotes that the person is deceitful and tends to say one thing while doing another. In short, it means one is a traitor that cannot be trusted.

People say that trust once lost cannot be regained. And it seems that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has finally lost the trust of President Duterte.

Duterte hit the nail on the head – and Firing Line agrees – when he tagged the communists as “double-faced” since the New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of the CPP, continued their attacks against the military in spite of an agreement to stop hostilities.

This is the reason why peace talks between the government and the CPP that have been going on for almost 50 years would always lead to nowhere. The communists are lying through their teeth.

To make matters worse, the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political wing of the CCP, turned the tables on the government by saying they could not control the NPA if the military would not stop its offensive. In fact, they even laughed when the President called them double-faced.

The government’s fifth round of peace talks with the NDF scheduled from May 27 to June 2 was suspended after an NPA attack on government troops. This was after the President’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao and at the time soldiers have their hands full with the Maute group that seized control of Marawi City.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella warned the citizenry of Mindanao and that of the rest of the country to stay alert and be on the lookout for the reported planned attacks of the NPA on people-oriented programs and infrastructure projects. He asked the people to cooperate and report to authorities any NPA activity they monitor in their areas.

Truly, it is never easy to deal with a person who has the audacity to smile in front of you while making plans to bring you down at the same time.

Simple traitors!

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