President Rodrigo Duterte is prepared to speak to terrorists from the Maute group and its allied forces to reduce the variety of casualties of their ongoing battle with authorities troops in Marawi City.
Duterte, nonetheless, made it clear he’s bent on pursuing terrorists in the event that they don’t need to lay down their arms.
In his speech earlier than members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City Friday (May 26), the President shared that he has requested presidential adviser on OFW affairs Abdullah Mamao and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto to organize the attainable dialogue with terrorists.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, ayaw kong maraming patay. Kung gustong nilang kausapin ko lang sila. But if they can really put down their arms,” he stated.
“Pero ang utos ko naman sa tropa is lahat ng tao na hindi authorized ng gobyerno na magdala ng baril at lumaban, patayin ninyo. Ubusin na lang ninyo,” Duterte added.
While the President is hopeful he’ll be in a position to communicate those that are nonetheless “neutral” in opposition to launching assaults, he stated he’ll be ruthless to those that are bent on sowing terror.
“‘Yung talagang out na out na terorista na and if you cannot be convinced to stop fighting, so be it. Away na lang tayo,” he stated.
Duterte flew to Iligan City to speak to the troopers who will be deployed to Marawi City to battle the ISIS-inspired Maute Group and its allies.
The President declared martial legislation in Mindanao on May 23 due to the continued conflict between the Maute group and authorities forces.