President Rodrigo Duterte has urged rebels from the communist and Muslim secessionist actions to join the armed forces in combating the terrorist Maute group, promising them the identical pay and advantages as troopers.

Speaking earlier than troopers throughout his go to to Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu Saturday (May 27), Duterte shared that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari just lately wrote him with a proposal to use his males within the fight in opposition to the Maute group.

After studying an excerpt from Misuari’s letter, the President stated: “Alam mo, I am announcing to all na lahat ng sundalo ng MI, MN, kung matagal pa ito at gusto ninyong sumali, makipagsapalaran sa Republika, I am offering them, kunin ko kayong sundalo, same pay, same privileges, and I will build houses for you in some areas.”

“MI” refers to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, one other armed group primarily based in Mindanao.

Duterte stated members of the New People’s Army may join the fight in opposition to the Maute group. Addressing the communist rebels, he stated: “Sige kayo pangilkil, manghingi, extortion. I am going to create a new division for you, para sa inyo. Wala ng qualification, tutal marunong naman kayo mag-baril.”

“Practice na lang kayo ng kalabit. I am willing to take you soldiers of the Republic, lahat, MI, MN, pati NPA. Para ang sundalo ko halu-halo,” he added.

Duterte stated he’ll settle for Misuari’s supply for MNLF volunteers to fight the Maute group, in addition to an analogous supply from the MILF and NPA ought to they make one.

He stated fighters from the MILF, MNLF and NPA can select to be assigned to territories they’re aware of so they may have a neater time combating terrorists.

Duterte has declared martial legislation in Mindanao due to the continuing conflict between authorities forces and the Maute group in Marawi City.

Source: politics.com.ph