- Joma Sison accepts peace offering by incoming President Rodrigo Duterte
- But Sison says he will not accept any cabinet post should Duterte offer one
- Duterte says he will offer four cabinet posts to members of the Communist Party of the Philippines
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison has accepted the peace offering of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in a television interview on Monday evening, May 16.
Talking to Pia Hontiveros on CNN Philippines, Sison said that the assumptive presidents’s offer of peace is “very welcome.”
“Of course, as the peace process progresses I wish I shall have the opportunity of returning home and I thank him for his welcome,” Sison said; hinting his homecoming. He earlier stated that he will come home after 30 years of exile in The Netherlands if Duterte wins the elections.
Hontiveros clarified with Sison when he will be coming home but the CPP founder refused to divulge specifics and just said that he and the president-elect may speak through emissaries.
Sison, however, said he won’t be accepting a cabinet position should he be offered by Duterte who was once his student at the Lyceum University.
“No, I don’t want any position for myself but you know there are many people who are very competent. Those who are oriented to serve the people, who have the expertise and competence and who are diligent. And they are not necessarily communists,” he told Hontiveros.
The former Davao City Mayor said that he will be offering the cabinet posts in the departments of social welfare, agrarian reform, labor and environment to members of the CPP.
Duterte also offered his running mate Alan Peter Cayetano to be foreign affairs secretary a year after his ban from an appointive position having ran for the 2016 elections.
Gilbert Teodoro, who ran for president in 2010, was also offered the post of being defense secretary. Teodoro, as quoted on Rappler, said he is going to consult his family about it.
Watch the interview below: