Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urged Tuesday the House of Representatives to expel Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao for being the “representative of the terrorists.”
The presidential daughter made the call after Casilao hit the Davao City chief executive for being in chorus with the military “to sabotage the potential resumption of the peace talks.”
Duterte-Carpio has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to reopen the peace talks with the communist rebels.
“Mr. Ariel Casilao’s comment on my opinion on the resumption of the peace talks is telling of how the representative of Anakpawis has designated himself as the mouthpiece and the attack dog of the groups responsible for a long list of terroristic activities against the people and the state over the past 40 years,” the mayor said.
She said Casilao’s “pontification comes straight from the political propaganda playbook of the terrorists.”
She stressed that Casilao is an “aberration” in government.
“Instead of working to help the workers and farmers he is supposed to represent in Congress, Casilao is now serving as the representative of the terrorists. His colleagues in the House of Representatives should expel him,” Duterte-Carpio said.
He added that Casilao should resign and join the communist movement if he continues to attack the government, which he is supposed to be part of.
“I do not need to kowtow to the military or read a document to give my thoughts on the peace talks. My assessment is based on the wisdom I have gained as Mayor and is actually reflective of the sentiments of the majority of Dabawenyos,” she said.
She even urged Casilao to tell the international fact-finding solidarity mission, which she said was composed of NPA sympathizers, “to put in their report that I said NPA terrorists and disorderly picketers in Davao City do not deserve rights accorded to human beings.”