President Rodrigo Duterte has turned down the offer of a civilian armed group to be part of authorities forces in preventing the Maute group in Marawi City.

In an interview after visiting wounded troopers Tuesday (June 20), Duterte stated the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the police needs to be allowed to resolve the battle on their very own.

“I do not think at this time that we have to include the civilian sector. The last thing that I would want to happen is a communal war. ‘Yung mag-armas-armas na kanya-kanya,” he stated.

Members of the Ilaga group had provided to be part of troopers in preventing the Maute group because the battle in Marawi City stretches to virtually a month.

Duterte stated permitting civilians to fight alongside the armed forces will solely make the scenario “convoluted.”

“Let the Armed Forces and the police deal with the problem. I know that they’re capable of doing it,” he stated.

The President expressed confidence that the battle won’t drag longer than it ought to at the same time as troopers have but to retake Marawi City from terrorists.