- President Rodrigo Duterte told security forces to destroy the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf
- Duterte said that destroying the bandit group will be the only way to deal with them
- According to Duterte, the government is in the best position in confronting the Abu threats
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Eastern Mindanao Command (AFP-Eastmincom) on Friday to destroy the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.
According to Duterte, the only way to deal with the bandit group which is already "out of control", is to crush them. He said: “So my orders to the Armed Forces and to the police: Destroy them. Destroy them because they are criminals.”
Duterte added that even if the group will be granted autonomy, they will still be terrorists and that peace will never be achieved in the land.
The communist rebels, having an indefinite ceasefire with the government and the separatist groups Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have also expressed their willingness to talk.
Duterte said that the government is in its best position to address and confront the threat from Abu Sayyaf. "So we have this time to concentrate on the front, sa drugs and extremism. So we have only two and they are just a few. Kaya natin yan pulbusin sa totoo lang (We can finish them, actually),” he added as he talked to the soldiers.
Senator Minority Leader Ralph Recto said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines' undivided attention on Abu Sayyaf is a "dividend we would like to see".
The senator added: “If we unleash really the firepower of the Armed Forces, ang problema lang it will also inflame passion there of the women and children (The problem is it will also inflame passion there of the women and children). But kung talagang todasin natin yan, matapos ng isang linggo yan, to the last man(But if we are to finish them, we can make it in just a week,to the last man).”
Duterte previously said that the bandit group has lost his respect when they began slaughtering people, mentioning the innocent boy whom they beheaded. - Kami Media
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