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By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte is “sorry” for the recent botched military air strike in Marawi City but conceded there is “no guarantee” it won’t happen again.

Although he is hopeful there will be no repeat of the incident, the President mentioned “Murphy’s Law” which states that anything that can go wrong, will.

President Rodrigo Duterte
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“We are sorry that it happened and I hope that this will not be repeated, but there is no guarantee. In any war, everything is stretched and it can break any moment,” Duterte said during a media interview in Cagayan de Oro last Saturday night.

“It is a very sad commentary but this thing will happen again and again and again. It has not happened not only with the Philippine Army, minsan Navy, and then there is what you would call ‘Murphy’s Law,’” he said.

“Murphy’s Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong,” the President said.

Ten soldiers were killed and several others were injured when a Philippine Air Force plane botched a bombing run in Marawi City last week. A conventional bomb was used in the air strike after they reportedly ran out of supply of precision-guided weapons.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said the military might consider limiting or suspending the air strikes to avoid a repeat of the air strike.

The President said the incident is now under investigation by the military, adding he would not interfere with the probe.

“So we are sad, there is an investigation. I am not privy to it and I leave it to the military alone to do their job. I don’t even make calls,” he said.

He said the only time he called Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief of staff Eduardo Año was when he ordered the lifting of the ceasefire on communist rebels following their attacks on troops.

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