President Duterte has claimed cousin of his fought and died alongside terrorists in Marawi City.
At a celebration of the Islamic feast Eid’l Fitr on the Malacañang this week, the president mentioned: “I’ve cousins with the Maute. Because they had been there, a cousin of mine died. They went there, a truckload of them.
“The presidential security group were wondering who they were, and I said, ‘Those are my cousins, let them be’.”
In an interview with Rappler’s Maria Ressa final December, the president claimed that a few of his cousins could have pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
He mentioned: “To be frank, I have cousins on the other side, with Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front. Some, I heard, are with ISIS.”
During his Eid speech, the president gave the impression to be saying that he met with a few of his different cousins who had joined the fighting. “There, we talked. Others went for the sake of adventure or I do not know what. I said, don’t go there, you won’t get anything.”
An unheralded go to to Mindanao would match with earlier statements by the president that he had been travelling “incognito” throughout his current durations of absence, which had been formally described as “rest” breaks.
The president additionally mentioned that the death of his cousin meant that the disaster in Marawi was a trigger of non-public ache.
“If you ask me if I am happy, I am not,” he mentioned. “I’m additionally bleeding such as you. That’s why I don’t even need to speak about it even with the Cabinet as a result of I’m damage.
“I am not happy that Maranaos are dying. I am not happy with what you are suffering now. I don’t see any satisfaction even in winning the war. I just wanted this thing over and those radicals out of the Muslim world.”
To the room filled with Muslim leaders, authorities peace negotiators, and Cabinet officers, the president renewed his promise to rebuild Marawi City.
“One thing I will promise you, my brother Moro, I will see to it that Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again,” he mentioned. “I will again rebuild Marawi because, if not, I will remain forever the bad guy.”
He additionally defended his determination to declare martial legislation throughout the entire of Mindanao. He insisted that he had the “complete picture” and “perfected intelligence” of the battle though he was in Russia when it broke out.
“When I declared martial law, I was in Moscow, I knew everything. I knew how long it would take for us and I knew the deployment of snipers and where they hid their arms. I already had the complete picture and I knew that it would be a long fight,” he mentioned.
The Eid celebration was Duterte’s first public look in seven days.