President Rodrigo Duterte would relatively that troopers retake Marawi City from the Maute group slowly however certainly than run the risk of getting its hostages beheaded.
In a speech earlier than businessmen at Edsa Shangri-La Wednesday (August 9), Duterte stated he suggested the army towards launching an assault on the terrorists.
“Sabi ko ‘Huwag. We will just have to wait it out.’ If it would take 10 years there, eh ilan na lang ang naiwan diyan, and you’d have to give them food,” he stated.
Duterte stated the Maute group would possibly behead the estimated 300 hostages it has if the army launches an assault.
“You might hate really the Maute guys but how about the Christians there who are being hostage?” he stated.
Soldiers have been combating the Maute group since May 23.