“STAY alive, fight cool.”
This was President Rodrigo Duterte‘s advise to government troops fighting Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorists in Marawi City during his visit in the war-torn city on Friday, the second time since the clashes broke out in May.
“Ang problema diyan ‘yung mabilis ang gusto. Tandaan niyo giyera ‘to, bala ang kalaban mo dito. Relax. One rule is that huwag kang pumasok sa giyera na may galit ka. Pasok mo doon sa war zone, isipin mo may papatayin ka. But do not — ‘yung may hate ka. Kasi kung may galit ka, susubsob ka eh [The problem is some want to end it quickly. Remember, this is a war, and the bullet is the enemy here. Relax. One rule is do not enter a war with hate. When you enter the war zone, think about killing, but do not (enter) with hate. Because if you have hate, you’ll fall down],” Duterte said in his speech.
“Stay alive, fight cool, do not be in a hurry, do not go into a rage kasi ‘pag galit ka, idadamay mo sarili mo [because if you have hate, you will only put yourself at risk]. Take time tutal patapos na [since the crisis is almost over],” he added.
The Commander-in-Chief’s second visit to the besieged city, just like the first, was unannounced. Officials only confirmed the visit when the President already left the area.
The President, who believes that one of the root causes of the war in Marawi was illegal drugs, criticized former President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Aquino, who after being called stupid by Duterte, said that the present administration’s drug war has not resulted to anything significant.
“Sabi kasi ni Noynoy… Tinanong siya about the drug operation at ang sinabi nya wala namang nangyari eh, isang taon na… I answered back, napakagunggong mo naman. Napakasakit naman niyan… Marami akong sundalong namatay, wounded sa police… Nakakainsulto ‘yan,” Duterte said.
(According to Noynoy . . . He was asked about the drug operation and he said that nothing was happening and it’s been a year . . . I answered back and said that he was stupid. What he saud hurt . . .A lot of my soldiers died, police were wounded . . . I find that remark insulting.)
“I am very sensitive sa ganitong issue kasi marami ng mga pulis at sundalo na nangamatay, so kung careless magsabi ka na walang nangyari talagang mag-init ang ulo ko,” he stressed.
(I am very sensitive on this issue because a lot of police and soldiers have died so if you’re careless enough to say that nothing happened, I will really get angry.)
During his visit, President Duterte inspected the improvised medical station for the soldiers on the ground.
The President was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.