Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Duterte: No compromise with Maute terrorists

Duterte: No compromise with Maute terrorists

"So every time I read the casualties, parang [it's like] it's very unsettling, 'di ko malaman kung anong gawin ko [I don't know what to do], but I can not stop the fighting because I will never, never, never compromise with terrorism", he said. "And he knows what he's doing", Arroyo said Saturday in an event in Makati.

"I do not know what I will do, but I can not stop the fighting because I will never, never, never compromise with terrorism", he said.

Arroyo also imposed martial law in the province of Maguindanao on December 2009, following the Ampatuan Massacre, which killed 57 people, including media practitioners. "So let us all support the martial law of President Duterte in Mindanao", she added.

But Duterte is adamant there is no failure in the intel, but a failure by the military to "read the intel" properly.

Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Philippine Independent Church and the main convener of the Sowing said: "We affirm our earlier pronouncement that the declaration of Martial Law adversely impacts on the peace process". Congress must also vote jointly to either revoke or extend the declaration.

Duterte's martial law, under Proclamation 216, is being questioned before the Supreme Court, following the decision of the Senate and the House of Representatives not to convene in a joint session to discuss the declaration.

Arroyo's martial law only lasted eight days.

Yesterday, Arroyo answered in the affirmative when asked if she was in favour of an extension beyond the maximum 60 days under the Constitution, which will require congressional approval.

Meanwhile, Arroyo described the terror crisis in Marawi as a man-made calamity being suffered by the evacuees.

"They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras".

She also said it will take a long time to rebuild Marawi.

As the fighting in the Philippine city of Marawi continues, the Islamist rebels have been accused of decapitating civilians.

President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very risky situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Isis.

Manila: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidentally kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.

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