TAKE NO PRISONERS- that’s the latest marching order of the President Duterte for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
|A member of the elite Philippine Marines aims his assault rifle as he and other members of his group advances to the few pockets of resistance still being held by the Maute extremists ( photo by AFP)|
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte , in his speaking engagement with the troops from the 102nd brigade of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Saranggani, made no excuse of whatsoever in trying to convey what is in his mind about the members of the extremists.
He presented a scenario wherein the extremists and their affiliates surrenders to government.
“Where will I put them? They have to be in the jurisdiction where they committed the crime. Simple as that. Kaya madagdagan ang problema,” he said.
“Dapat, every encounter, patay lahat. Ayoko magdala ng buhay, preso. Papakainin ko pa ‘yan (In every encounter, all should be dead. I don’t want them taken prisoners. I will have to feed them),”the President said.
The president cites, the budget need for the would be prisoners( food, medicine, etc..), lack of jails in the city( that’s was either broken down or completely destroyed), possibility of the other members to spring the Maute members from detention , and the total disarray of the city brought about by the battle.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, issued Proclamation No. 216 declaring the state of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole island of Mindanao last May 23, 2017.
Such declaration was precipitated by the attacks made by the Islamic-State-inspired Maute group, and has led to a fierce urban battle ground of the city of Marawi. As of press time the battle is still on going on some pockets of the city where the extremists have holed up. Casualties from the military, civilians , and the extremists are at around 400 with thousands displaced.
Also during the activity, the President made his heartfelt appreciation of his military.
“Anyway, I’m happy. My snappy salute. Snappy one for awardees and to you,” he said. “Alam ko matitigas kayo. Matitigas ang ulo o matitigas ang t***? Depende diyan kung saan kayo gusto (I know you are hard. Hard in head or p***? It depends where you like it hard),” he said
“Everybody will get a medal one of these days. I know, matitigas kayo and bilib ako sa sundalong Pilipino (You’re strong and I have confidence in the Filipino soldier),” the Pres. said