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Duterte's claim that 40% of NPA rebels are gay 'most unbelievable,' says Joma

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison described as unbelievable President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that 40 percent of New People's Army (NPA) rebels are gay.

In a statement, the self-exiled leader also said Duterte "invented" the story that his son, Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, was molested by gay NPA members.

"In making a joke, Duterte has obviously invented the story that gays in the NPA brought his son Baste to the woods to be subjected to kissing, mashing and other acts amounting to molestation," Sison said.

"There is a strict NPA rule of discipline against sexual molestation and taking sexual liberties against the will of others. It is up to the NPA command concerned to inform us how Baste was treated."

Duterte narrated the story during a speech in Biñan, Laguna, over the weekend.

Sison also slammed Duterte's remarks that 40 percent of the NPA members are gay.

"Most unbelievable part of the joke of Duterte is the claim that 40 per cent of NPA fighters are gay," he said. "How can he make such a survey finding when his military and police minions cannot locate the thousands of Red commanders and fighters in more than 110 guerrilla fronts."

"These armed revolutionaries reveal their momentary location only when they are already ambushing or raiding his armed minions," Sison added.

Sison then accused Duterte of "again exposing his misogynist and anti-gay character with his macho kind of joke."

The CPP founder said his group is not discriminating against women and the LGBT community in the recruitment of their fighters.

"The men, women and LGBT are qualified to become Red commanders and fighters so long as they are 18 years or older, and are able-bodied, have revolutionary commitment and are willing to undertake politico-military training, to do mass work and to fight the enemy with firearms," Sison said. —Jamil Santos/KBK, GMA News