By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
After urging the communist and Moro fighters to help the government troops, President Duterte has retracted his call for the rebels to help in fighting the terrorists in Marawi City.
Duterte, speaking before the 1st Mechanized Infantry Division in Sultan Kudarat, said the New People’s Army (NPA), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) do not fit into the picture.
“Kaya nga, nag-offer ang NPA, nakikipaglabanan sa gobyerno, sama-sama. Sabi ko, [expletive] baka lahat ng tama ng sundalo ko sa likod. Walang sa harap,” he said.
“It’s not because I do not trust them but it simply does not fit into the picture,” he added.
Duterte offered the communist and Moro rebels in Mindanao to integrate them and give them the same benefits as the the Philippine soldiers if they decide to join and fight alongside the government troops.
He also recalled MNLF founder Nur Misuari’s offer to send 2,000 MNLF fighters, but eventually the President rejected the offer, sayingthe government troops and Nur’s men may not understand one another due to language barrier.
“Sabi ko, huwag na. Kasi marami na tayo, hindi tayo magkaintindihan. Baka tayo-tayo na ang barilan,” he added.
The President instead assured that peace and order would be restored in the country and asked for the public’s undestanding and patience.
According to the report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), a total of 45 soldiers and policemen were killed-in-action as of Friday morning.
The AFP has assured that the government troops are inching closer to liberating Marawi City from the terrorists. It also vowed to raise the Philippine flag in all corners of Marawi on Independence Day.
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