Duterte ready to talk with terrorists

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday raised the prospect of holding talks with terrorists who are not hardliners.

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Speaking before members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City, City, Lanao del Norte, Duterte said he had directed lawyer Abdullah Mamao, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers, to send this “message” to the other side.

President Rodrigo Duterte paying his respects over the casket of Alan Descallar during his wake visit at the St. Peter’s Funeral Homes in Iligan City. AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION / ALBERT ALCAIN

“My message mainly to the terrorists on the other side is kung madala pa natin ito ng usapan [if we can still talk about this]. ‘Yung talagang out na out na terrorista na [The hard line terrorists] and if you cannot be convinced to stop fighting, so be it. Away na lang tayo [Let’s fight],” he said.

Duterte reiterated that the government faced a “formidable enemy” in the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), which, he said, wants to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia spanning Mindanao, Indonesia, Malaysia “and maybe Brunei.”

“So you can say that the ISIS is here already. The fact that they were flying the flags. So that’s our problem now. And you’re going to fight, I have to fight every day until this conflict is dissolved,” he said.

His camp visit came three days after he declared martial law in Mindanao following the attack by the Maute group in Marawi City.

The President said his marching order to the troops was to eliminate all those found carrying unauthorized weapons who “fight back.”

“But if they want to talk, I would be most thankful to Allah (God) na mag-usap tayo ng kapayapaan [that we will talk peace]. Kung maglaban sila, wala tayong magawa [If they fight, we can’t do anything]. Go for it, at may full support kayo sa akin [and you have my full support],” the President added.

He said he was “scraping the bottom of the barrel” to make sure the troops have everything they need to fight the terrorists.

“I am here to say to you, fight and I will pray for you and I will answer for everything. ‘Wag na kayo mag-alala [Don’t worry]. During martial law, your commanders, you can arrest any person, search any house, wala ng [no need for a]warrant,” Duterte said.

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  1. John Chameleon on

    It’s abnormal for a government to negotiate with criminals/terrorists. That’s absurd. Criminals must be jailed and suffer punishment for the decapitation, murder, kidnapping, rape and extortion. Why negotiate? Is this a mock-up to free the Abu Sayyaf and other criminals from punishment or jail sentence?

    The planned negotiation with these barbarians proved that the government is cuddling terro-politicians that protect, support, organize and sympathize with the heinous criminals. Terro-politicians are really proving that they are untouchable even in this administration.

    Abu Sayyaf now hiding under the Maute group will be eventually freed and heading to deceive the people under the auspices of the administration as the negotiation seems to offer.

  2. Jon Soriano on

    Wow! Obama is that you?!! Why does DU30 want to talk with a terrorist? They want to have a Caliphate by all means, no talk they just want a Caliphate, so kill all infidels! That means all of us, get it slow DU30!