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Duterte Offers $500 Bounty for Killing Communist Rebels

MANILA – The President of the Philippines has offered a bounty of around $500 for killing a member of the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, official sources said on Thursday.

Rodrigo Duterte’s comments come after Jose Maria Sison – the exiled leader of the CPP – said last week in the Netherlands that the NPA – considered a terrorist organization by the Philippines, the United States and the European Union – was capable of killing one soldier a day.

“You kill an NPA today and I’ll pay you 25,000 pesos ($487),” Duterte said according to the official transcript of a speech he delivered on Wednesday in the city of Cebu.

Duterte added paying 25,000 pesos to everyone who killed a rebel would be cheaper than the state financing a war against the guerilla group, which has an extensive presence in rural parts of the country.

Duterte’s critics had condemned the offer as an incitement to extra-judicial killings, similar to those allegedly carried out during Duterte’s drug war that killed more than 7,000, according to some estimates.

This was the second time in less than a week that Duterte has made a controversial statement about the NPA.

On Sunday, he had said soldiers should shoot female members of the group “in the vagina,” causing wide global outrage.

 

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