Duterte wants private armed groups disbanded


ANGELES CITY, Pampanga: Federalism advocate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said for the Philippines to achieve national stability, all private armed groups, including the communist and Muslim secessionist groups, must be disbanded.

“No other armed groups should be allowed to operate in the country except the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Duterte told a huge crowd of students, faculty members and businessmen gathered at Saint Cecilia’s Auditorium of Angeles University Foundation here.

He made the statement in response to a question raised by a student on dangers of federalism, which would create powerful and highly-autonomous states, especially in the Bangsamoro area.

“No armed group should be allowed, including the Cafgus [Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Units]. They all should go,” Duterte said in answer to a hypothetical question on what he would do to assure stability and security in the country if he were President of the Philippines.

The mayor, who is supporting the peace process in southern Philippines involving the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), noted that even the MILF, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the New People’s Army (NPA) should be asked to decommission their firearms the moment they agree to join him in a “Unity Government,” which he envisions should he “by God’s will” become President of the Philippines.

Duterte, who has long reached out to the NPA, the MILF and the MNLF, said stability in the country could only be achieved if no other group, aside from the police and the AFP, is allowed to carry firearms.

Under the federal system of government that he is proposing to replace the unitary presidential form, there will be at least 14 federal states with their own state police, which will all be under the direct supervision of a National Police Force.

The federal government, the mayor said, will retain control over the Armed Forces and handle foreign relations and finance.

The creation of federal states, especially for the restive Bangsamoro who have been clamoring for self-governance, is the best option to the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, which would be created with passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress.

In wake of a botched police operation to arrest international terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, where 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos were killed in a clash with the MILF and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on January 25, several congressmen and senators who earlier supported the measure have withdrawn their support.

With the BBL in danger of being rejected in Congress, Duterte said federalism is the best option to save the peace process in southern Philippines.

Fears were raised, however, that with the establishment of powerful and highly autonomous federal states, especially the Bangsamoro Federal States, groups like the MILF could strengthen their armed groups that could no longer be controlled by the federal government later.

“That is a risk which will be addressed with the decommissioning of the firearms and armaments of the MILF and other armed rebels groups should they agree to join government,” Duterte said.

“This [disarmament]must be implemented without fear or favor,” the Davao City mayor added.


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  1. yan ang dapat magiging Presidente sa Pilipinas. may panindigan para sa kapakanan ng mamayanan. ito ay may proyba paano ginawa niya ang DAVAO CITY na nagiging 4th SAFEST CITY in the WORLD. Ang Davao rin ang pinaka malaking siyudad sa boung Mundo(in terms of Land Area)

    • Talagang politiko ang pananaw ni duterte. Lahat gusto pagbigyan kahit nininerbyos sya sa mangyayari kung MILF ay may sariling estado federal,,,lahat ng programa nya imposible dahil tuso ang mga NPA, war lords at MILF na silang pasimuno sa pagpalaganap ng terorismo..

  2. PNG cannot even crushed the organized crime syndicates so how can we expect PNP to go after the private armed groups which are being run by the politicians.


    These private armed group and organized crime syndicates are the groups behind those riding in tandem. Wala ng safe na lugar ngayon dahil sa inefficiency ng PNP.

    Kaliwat kanan na lang ay patayan. Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Isabela, Masbate, etc. Kaya lang natsugi na si Col. Marantan eh, kaya wala ng matapang na pulis…puro na lang duwag naiwan.

  3. Wishful thinking Mr. Duterte, what you’re aspiring is ideal but let’s all wake up to the fact the NPA, nor the rebel groups MNLF, MNLF, BIFF would not surrender their arms. To them surrendering their weapons is like killing them all. They want a part of the pie, that is money and control, period.

  4. Teka muna… Duterte can not have it both ways. Duterte says he supports BBL… pero this BBL-version gives MILF weaponry, ano ba namang doble-salita ito?

    Duterte should reject BBL as it is written, iyon ang dapat niyang sabihin.

  5. Kahit sino, huwag lang si Binay ang president ng Pilipinas. Lalong maghihirap ang Pilipinas kay Binay. Isa pa, baka ibenta ni Binay ang Pilipinas sa mga Intsik na suwapang.