The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Friday hit back at President Rodrigo Duterte for calling the organization’s ideology as “outdated,” branding his own as “fascist.”
In a recent speech before the Philippine Army in Samar, Duterte, at the same time, urged members of the New People’s Army, the CPP’s armed wing, to surrender to the government.
“In fact, it is Duterte’s ideology — fascism — that is old and rotten,” the CPP said in a statement.
“It is an ideology based on hatred of the poor and dispossessed who have learned to stand up and speak out against tyranny and oppression,” it added.
The CPP said fascism should be considered as a “worst ideology of the reactionary classes who aim to perpetuate their power and wealth accumulation.”
This ideology, which it added was being carried out by Duterte, was also used by Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust and by various “bloody dictatorial regimes” from Europe to the Americas and Asia.
Such regimes, according to the CPP, were those of Fulgencio Batista, ex-president of Cuba; the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua; Suharto, ex-president of Indonesia; and Ferdinand Marcos, ex-president of the Philippines.