SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS, Philippines – Communist guerrillas warn that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte's government is unlikely if he won't end the Philippines' treaty alliance with the United States and resist control by other countries.
Regional New People's Army rebel commander and spokesman Jaime Padilla said at a news conference in a mountain encampment Wednesday that insurgents have documented more than 100 military violations of the cease-fire Duterte declared in August. The alleged violations include combat operations and surveillance that may re-ignite fighting.
Padilla said Maoist guerrillas remain committed to pursuing talks with Duterte, however, while criticizing his allowing dictator Ferdinand Marcos's burial in a heroes' cemetery and the killings of poor drug addicts.
Duterte says he wants Philippine foreign policy less oriented toward Washington and has tried to befriend China and Russia.