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Duterte to Joma: Pakamatay ka na lang

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday stepped up his word war with Jose Maria Sison, telling the Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman to kill himself, saying it would do the the Royal Norwegian Government 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 the fallen soldiers and policemen killed in Marawi City.

Duterte had claimed in his State of the Nation Address on Monday that Sison had colon cancer. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant denied the claim, calling Duterte a liar.

Duterte also said that Norway's sponsorship of talks between the Philippine government and the NDFP had become a political issue there, with Norwegian Parliament set to hold its elections on September 11.

Duterte also expressed regret inviting the NDFP consultants and other communist leaders to a dinner in Malacañang.

"Bakit hindi ninyo nilason?" he addressed his staff.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sison also questioned Duterte's health.

"Kung makakuha siya ng magagaling na doktor baka maayos pa 'yung pag-iisip niya," Sison said. —JST, GMA News