QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News) — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated that the assertion made by President Rodrigo Duterte about arming civilians to go after the Abu Sayyaf Group ought to not be taken literally.
Abella stated the the assertion was a “dramatization” to emphasize the necessity to improve safety measures in Bohol.
He stated it ought to not be taken as a coverage assertion.
“In a sense it was a dramatization of making sure that security is raised up in the area,” Abella stated.
“There’s no paper to support that,” Abella stated. “But what I’m saying is that this is his intention to raise security. He has a way of underlining what he wants to do.”
In his speech in Bohol, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he supposed to arm the civilians in opposition to the group that authorities stated had resorted to kidnapping people in alternate for cash.