President Rodrigo Duterte nonetheless can’t recover from why Moros turned their heads when ISIS began establishing a foothold in Marawi City greater than three years in the past.

“Ako ho, I felt betrayed. Talagang nasaktan ako at medyo galit…Masama ang loob ko, kasi hindi naman niyo sinabi na malakas na ang pasok,” stated Duterte in a speech earlier than hundreds of displaced familes who fled to Iligan from Marawi.

“Ba’t hinayaan ninyong pumasok ‘yung ideolohiya na walang ginawa doon sa Middle East, kung saan-saan, pinagpapatay nila ang kasama nilang Muslim?” Said Duterte.

Duterte stated that the army has to battle a battle of attrition in Marawi due to the long-term planning and preparation made by Maute and Abu Sayyaf who’ve 5 bullets for each bullet shot by troopers.

Duterte tried to elucidate the pointlessness of all these killings on ideology or faith. “Alam mo, kayong mga Tausug, maganda ba ‘yan? Paano tayo…? If you have… Kung may kusa ka, paano ka manalo na pati ‘yung mga Muslim, kapwa mo, makita mo na ginaganon mo ‘yung tao? Wala, walang gusto ng ganon,” he stated.

“Alam mo, might anak tayo eh, might kapatid tayo. Eh kung gawain sa iyo ‘yan? Eh kung luglugin ‘yung… Wala na ‘yan buong buhay. Masakit na ‘yan at walang katapusan.

He instructed the gang to look at this battle from a broader, historic perspective to grasp the roots of the battle between Catholics and Muslims. “You know, sana tingnan ninyo sa perspekto ng ating history. Walang gustong pumatay ng Pilipino o Malay,” he stated.

“Pare-parehong mukha natin kaya ‘yang relihiyon nagkaiba lang kasi nauna nga ang Islam dito. Eh ipinilit. Ngayon, tandaan ninyo, hindi kasalanan ng Visayas pati Luzon at kinuha ‘yan, ipinilit ng mga Español. At kung alam lang rin ninyo kung anong pinaggagawa nila sa mga Kristiyanos noon. They were also brutalized,” he stated.

“Ba’t akala mo tinanggap mo ng mga Bisaya ‘yang relihiyon na ‘yan kaagad? Patayin rin muna. Kaya kung tayo magpatay-patayan sa galit ng relihiyon, ano ba naman ang kasalanan ng mga taga-Luzon? Kay ‘yung mga lolo nila pinugot ang liog kasi ‘yung leeg nila kasi ayaw mag-Kristiyanismo,” he added.

Source: politics.com.ph