Contrary to the declare of a Muslim chief, it was the Maute household and not President Rodrigo Duterte who asked for backchannel talks to resolve the disaster in Marawi City, Malacañang mentioned Thursday (July 6).
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the clarification after Reuters launched a report quoting Muslim cleric Agakhan Sharief as saying that he was approached by Duterte’s senior aide to dealer talks with the Maute aspect.
“Sila [Maute] ang nag-offer na makipag-backchannel. Hindi siya (Duterte),” Abella mentioned.
He added that the provide for a dialogue was made by Farhana Maute, the mom of needed terrorists Omar and Abdullah Maute.
“Tinanggihan niya iyon. Kung tinatanong nyo kung nag-initiate siya, as far as I know walang verifiable,” Abella mentioned.
Sharief claimed that Duterte turned again on his plan to carry backchannel talks with the Mautes after the disaster in Marawi City erupted by declaring he’ll not discuss to terrorists.
During the press briefing, Abella stood pat on the federal government’s coverage not to barter with terrorists. He mentioned there are not any verified experiences to again up the Muslim chief’s declare in regards to the President.
Up so far, we’ve no verified experiences that there have been efforts to provoke such actions as Agakhan Sharief claims,” he mentioned.