President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have stomped on the brakes on his plan for Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters to be part of the offensive in opposition to the terrorist Maute group, simply days after accepting the supply of its founding chairman, Nur Misuari.
In his speech earlier than members of the first mechanized infantry brigade of the Philippine Army in Sultan Kudarat Wednesday (June 7), Duterte mentioned MNLF fighters want to know first the small print of the battle they’re about to fight.
He recalled his hesitation on having MNLF fighters be part of troopers when he spoke with Misuari over the weekend.
“Si Nur mag-usap kami once makumpleto rin ‘yung mga tao niya. Sabi ko, ‘salamat.’ Tapos he offered to send 2,000 of his men. Ay sabi ko, ‘Teka, teka huwag muna. Huwag muna Nur kasi I do not want, you know, most of them…’ Kayong mga… you know, it’s not good to be fighting na hindi nila makuha talaga ‘to, a Moro against a Moro. Let us make them understand first what is this all about,” Duterte mentioned.
The President earlier shared that Misuari provided 2,000 of his males to be part of the fight in opposition to the Maute group, which is spreading terror and chaos in Marawi City.
He mentioned the MNLF fighters could have the identical advantages as troopers in the event that they fight for the federal government.