President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did’nt think twice in denying any chance of ceasefire or peace talks with the Maute terrorist group.
|President Rodrigo Duterte listens intently to the briefer of Armed Forces Chief of Staff Eduardo Año on the current situation in the Marawi seiged by the Maute group. (Malacañang photo)|
“Iyong casualties natin, medyo mabigat, kaya sabi nila na mag-usap iyong nanay ni Maute, sabi ko (We suffered heavy casualties so they said I should talk to the mother of the Mautes, I said), ‘No, I will not.’ I will not talk anymore kasi marami na ang sundalo ko namatay. Marami nang pulis ko namatay. P***** i**, huwag mo akong bolahin diyan usap-usap na ’yan (because many of my soldiers have died. Many of my policemen have died. Son of a b****, do not fool me with those talks). Not anymore,” said the President in his speech in front of the soldiers of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Sultan Kudarat.
The statement came after a few days the President said also in a speech that there will be no negotiation with the terrorists and has clarified his order to the military as against the Maute group and that is : "My order really is to shoot you and to shoot you dead."
The President was referring to Ominta “Farhana” Romato, 1st wife of Cayamora Maute, the patriarch that was arrested last Tuesday in a Davao checkpoint by the military.
Intel sources believes that Maute and Romato are said to be the brains behind the organization, networking and operation of the Maute group.
The President prefers to talk to the new generation of Maranaos and not to the older ones of the same generation as Romato.
“Pagkatapos diyan mag-usap tayo. Right after. ‘Pag naubos silang lahat diyan (Once they are all dead), then I will talk to the new generation. Sabi ko, ‘Maranao man tayo, sige mag-usap tayong mabuti’ (I said, ‘we are Maranaos, so let’s talk properly’),” the President said.
President stated that some of these older Maranaos have been the ones who invited the entry of Islamic State’s foreign fighters to Mindanao and the very ones who are responsible for so much destruction in Marawi.
“Bakit sisirain mo ’yung lugar mo? Gago pala kayo, eh (Why destroy your place? You are fools). Bakit ka magdala doon ng mga ISIS (Why bring ISIS there)? They are foreign, ang gawa nila doon magpatay ng tao tapos magsira ng ’yun lang (and they just want to kill people?) And they expect us to talk to them?” the President said.
President Duterte in the same event expressed optimism that “never in a million years” would the terrorists win over the government forces.