• The CPP said it no longer supports Duterte’s war on drugs
  • It said the President’s fight against illegal drugs has become anti-people and undemocratic
  • The leftist group said President Duterte has become so full of himself and intoxicated with vast power he is not used to handle

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) took back its declaration of support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s fight against illegal drugs, which it said has become anti-people and undemocratic.

“In line with standing orders, the New People’s Army (NPA) will continue to intensify its operations to arrest and disarm drug trade operators and protectors. However, these will no longer be considered as cooperative with the Duterte regime’s undemocratic and anti-people war on drugs,” the CPP said in a statement it published on its official website on Friday, August 12.

“Human rights are being violated with impunity by police personnel, emboldened by Duterte’s assurances of ‘I got your back’ and his public declarations of contempt against human rights,” the CPP said in a statement.

The leftist group clarified that, in line with its standing orders, its armed wing, the NPA, will continue to intensify its operation to disarm and arrest those who are involved in the illegal drug trade and their protectors, but “these will no longer be considered as cooperative with the Duterte regime’s undemocratic and anti-people war on drugs.”

The CPP claimed Duterte has become “intoxicated with vast power that he is not used to handle.”

“He thinks he can get away with upturning the criminal judicial system and denouncing people for defending human rights. He dishes out threats of imposing martial law. He has made himself a laughing stock among legal circles. He, however, is not laughing and threatens anyone who chooses to stand in his way,” the CPP added.