President Rodrigo Duterte said Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison is sick.
Turning the tables on Duterte, Sison said the President is also sick—- mentally.
Sison has hit back at Duterte, advising the chief executive to look after his mental health and consult a psychiatrist.
“I pity him and I am tempted just to let him go because what he says against me is patently baseless and comes obviously from a sick mind. But I still have to answer him to prevent him from misleading the public and rousing them the wrong way,” Sison said in a Facebook post.
Duterte earlier, also advised Sison to commit suicide.
“At any rate, he has to look after his mental health and consult with a professional psychiatrist. Is Duterte the kind of president and commander in chief the [Philippine government] can rely on for the factual basis of martial law which puts at risk the liberties, lives and limbs of millions of people?” he added.
Duterte and Sison have been exchanging heated words after the back channel talks between the government and communist rebels were cancelled.
Sison’s statement came a day after Duterte told the CPP founding chair to kill himself, saying that it would do the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) a favor.
“Sison, tumanda ka na lang diyan, ayaw mo pa aminin na may sakit ka. Maawa ka naman sa Norwegian government, pakamatay ka na lang,” Duterte said during the ceremonial turnover of financial assistance to the families of fallen soldiers and policemen killed in Marawi City.
During his second State of the Nation Address, Duterte claimed that Sison was suffering from colon cancer, which Sison — who is also the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) political consultant — denied, calling the President’s claim a “blatant lie.”
Sison said that he was “amused” by the President’s advice for him to commit suicide, but said he would never give Duterte the same advice. GMANews