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Duterte warns Maute Group

Says he doesn’t want war, ‘do not force my hand into it’.

President Duterte has warned the local Maute terror group to stop its attacks or else face a full-blown war from government forces.

The President admitted he was reluctant to declare war against fellow Filipinos but cautioned the Maute group sowing trouble in the south “not to force” him to take such “drastic” action.

The government’s action plan against the ISIS-linked group was discussed by the President’s meeting with top military officials in Lanao del Sur.

“Dito sa Maute, I said I don’t want to wage a war against Filipinos but I told them that they have to stop. Sana huwag na lang tayo umabot ng gyera so I’m doing everything to prevent a war,” the President said in a chance media interview in Cagayan de Oro.

“Hindi ko naman sila tinatakot. Sabi ko lang ayaw ko, ayaw kong makipag-giyera but do not force my hand into it,” the commander-in-chief added.

After the security briefing in Lanao, the President traveled to Cagayan de Oro to visit the soldiers wounded in a roadside blast in Marawi City last Tuesday.

For now, the President said military operations against the Maute group would be sustained.

“They have to go on with the operations. What is there to stop? Wala naman nagpapakita ng sincerity dyan so the fight goes on,” he said.

The President traveled to Lanao del Sur on Wednesday to check military operations against the Maute group. The security briefing was held 103rd Brigade Tactical Command post in Butig, Lanao del Sur.

Duterte’s visit to Lanao was made even after the attack on seven of his security aides and two soldiers in Marawi City last Tuesday. From Lanao, the President went to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City to visit the wounded troops.

In a speech to the local community, the President pushed for a “middle ground” in settling the latest armed conflict in Mindanao.

“It is very easy to start a war but how to stop it and to heal the wounds mahirapan ‘yan. Mahirap ‘yan. Sana naman magkaroon tayo ng middle ground,” he said.

“Alam mo mahal ko kayo at sana tulungan na lang ninyo ako kaysa makipag-away ang gobyerno na wala namang katapusan,” he added.

Duterte admitted that the Republic will survive” despite the threat posed by Maute group, which has allied with the Islamic State.

“Ayoko makipag-patayan but please do not force my hand kasi may limit naman ang problema nito, I cannot be forever traveling here every month para lang makipag-usap at kapag talikod ko patayan na naman,” he said.

If forced to declare war against terrorism, the President warned that he would be “harsh as I can ever be.”
(GENALYN KABILING)

comments
  • daisy

    Itigil nyo na ang mga pangggugulo nyo naute group kung ayaw nyong mawala sa mapa!

  • luke

    wag nyong gagalitin si tatay digong kung ayaw nyong malintikan!

    • paulo

      Oo nga eh! Baka gusto ata nila makita ang katapusan nila! mas mainam na tumigil nalang sila sa panggugulo nila sa mga inosenteng mamamayan kundi pupulbusin sila ng administrasyon!

  • lita

    wala ka dutiti! di mo yan kaya

    • ricardo

      kahit sumama ka pa sa mga rebeldeng yan! isama nyo na mga isis di nyo pa rin kaya si tatay digong!

    • Rox{rey}

      wag mong subukan si digong ikaw lang ang malalagot.

  • tiago

    baka mag sis kayo pag nagamit na yung mga elite force ng gobyerno gigising na lang kayo na nagmamakaawa

  • benjie

    pag nag warning na itigil na kesa masabugan pa kayo sa mukha

  • rose

    pag yan tinaas na ang pula ni pangulo nako humukay na kayo ng libingan nyo ay di pala humukay na kayo ng pagtatguan nyo

  • domingo S.

    takot dito si digong im sure of it

    • babart-gay

      at pano ka naman nkakasiguro?

  • ‘ayor

    di matitinag ang pamahalaan sa mga terroristang ito

  • cashio

    hayan nag bigay na ng babala si tatay digong lagot kayo kapag hindi pa kayo tumigil

  • jhayjhay

    ano yan sa totoong bibig ba yan galing or baka tulak ng bibig kabog ng dibdib dutae,

    • lex

      wag mong susubukan ang pdu30. baka bumuga yan ng apoy lagot ka,,

      • same

        hahahha,,parang nakaka takot nman yan

  • mike

    hindi nyo kaya ang kakayahan ng pdu30

    • low wendy

      at sino naman yang duterte na yan?walang silbi.

      • toni Lorenz

        manahimik ka jan na walng utak!

      • Angie

        ikaw ang walng silbi umaasa ka rin nga kay Duterte! baliw!

  • aubrey

    itigil nyo na lang para matapos na ang gulo yan ang nais ng pdu30

  • Lea Castro

    sumuko na lang kayo para wala ng masaktan.

  • rOn_NiE

    ginagawa naman ni digong ang kanyang makakaya para sa ating bayan.

    • Warge

      para sa sarili lang naman nya ang ginagawa nya.

      • ismael

        kaya pala ang dami na nyang nagwa para sa ating bansa.

  • cathY

    bigyan natin si duterte ng pagkakataon na gampanan nya ng mabuti ang kanyang tungkulin.