‘Duterte can eradicate ASG’

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SENATOR Vicente Sotto 3rd believes that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte can eradicate the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) if he will give all-out support to the military to carry out its operations against the bandits.

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Sotto on Wednesday said all the military and police need is a leader who will give them the signal to annihilate the group and also the resources to mount their operations.

Duterte is yet to issue a statement on the recent beheading of Canadian Robert Hall by the jihadists but Sotto said this does not mean that the Davao City mayor is not doing something or thinking about his next move.

“I have met and have known Mayor Duterte since 1988. What I can say is I think we believe in the same saying, which is ‘Run silent, run deep’,” the senator said.

He added that the Abu Sayyaf bandits should fear Duterte because he can crush the terror group.

“Magtago na sila [They better hide],” Sotto said referring to the ASG members.

Incoming presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said Hall’s beheading is a problem of the Aquino administration because Duterte cannot act on it yet.

He added that the beheading of Hall was a “taunt to the present administration,” not to Duterte’s leadership.

But newspaper reports quoting a supposed spokesman for the terrorist group said the beheading was meant to embarrass Duterte.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th cited the need to put pressure on the government to halt operations of the rebel group.

“You cannot prosper as a nation while these things [executions]are being reported in global media. They are thinking that it is happening in every nook and cranny in the Philippines,” Trillanes said.

What is needed is for the government to increase the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines whose members are spread very thinly, he added.

Trillanes said the current strength of the military is not enough to address all security threats in the country, including the ASG.

“We need to recruit at least 20,000 soldiers devoted only for security threats,” the senator added.

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10 Comments

  1. PNOY: How he can fix the Abusayaf, while simple drug abuser in the street he cant manage.

    Seems some columnist misposition their comments & become DU30’s administer.

  2. Trillanes said the current strength of the military is not enough to address all security threats in the country, including the ASG.
    “We need to recruit at least 20,000 soldiers devoted only for security threats,” the senator added..

    Hello…please conduct a headcount of the existing military forces vs the ASG. The military needs a strategist. You cannot win on sheer number…

  3. Trillanes wag ka ng umepal, wala ka naman nagawa para sa mga kabaro mo. Magaling ka sa chismis at character assasination. Dapat ikaw na lng i-hostage ng Abu sayyaf

    • Oscar V. Fuentes on

      Agree na agree ako dyan! Si Trillanes naman ang ihostage at pugutan ng ulo. Mahilig lang sa paninira yan. duwag naman!

  4. Juan T. Delacruz on

    No legitimate and democratic government in the world will negotiate to any terrorists group. If given the opportunity, a government can use all its resources to eliminate any terrorist group and this can be done with the ASG as well. The Philippine government should only think elimination, NOT negotiation.

  5. What if President Duterte name Trillanes as chief negotiator between the government and the Abu Sayyaf. Who knows, Trillanes might just be the right person for the job. Besides, his present role in the Senate could be boring by now, or is it? It’s time the current scenario is reversed.

    • why do you think he is? c’mon he cannot even use the newly acquired F-50’s and navy frigates. Yung chopper ginagamit pa ni bimby! san kapa?