Duterte threat­ens anew na­tion­wide mar­tial law

The Pres­i­dent calls for any mem­bers of Maute group to sur­ren­der and NPA rebels to co­op­er­ate

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte said he will give ‘fair trial’ and ‘due process’ to any mem­bers of ISIS-in­spired Maute group who will sur­ren­der to the gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing his visit here, Satur­day (Sept. 9) in Camp Evan­ge­lista, brgy. Patag, Duterte said the gov­ern­ment would even pro­vide lawyers to the ter­ror­ists.

“This has to end, this can­not go on. Kung mag sur­ren­der, we will try them in court, give them due process and and pro­vide them lawyers. There will be no op­pres­sion or ha­rass­ment or any­thing. No vi­o­lence upon their sur­ren­der, yan ang iguar­an­tee ko sa inyo,” he said.

“Pag mag­sur­ren­der, walang sabi­hin na gutu­min, bug­bu­gin, hindi ganon. I will not also al­low it, they are not POWs (pris­on­ers of wars), they are sim­ply crim­i­nals, pe­riod. Yun ang prob­lema ko,

kasi ako ang man­agot diyan la­hat pagkat­a­pos nito. They will be treated as crim­i­nals. If they sur­ren­der, they will be pros­e­cuted, but they will be treated as hu­man be­ings. If they fight, then the state has the right to kill them, it’s re­bel­lion,” he added.

Duterte said the war in Marawi could have ended sooner, if not for the ter­ror­ists hid­ing in Mosques.

He said he can­not de­stroy the ‘holy build­ings’ as he would have wounded the Mus­lims all over the world.

“I am not plac­ing any timetable, kasi pag sin­abi nila na they need an­other 6 months. So, we’ll just have to wait. I am will­ing to wait one year,” he said.

“They just sur­round the place, and camp there un­til king­dom come, if it could save lives, pero kung wala na, I say this has to end, and I dread the day that it would, then I must be pre­pared to ex­plain to the Filipino na­tion what hap­pened,” he said.

Mean­while, Duterte has threat­ened again to im­pose mar­tial law na­tion­wide if the NPA rebels would con­tinue to carry out an overt act to de­stroy the gov­ern­ment.

He said he is also aware of the meet­ings held by NPA rebels and their sup­port­ers.

“Kasi ang NPA, ac­tive yung front nila, wala na silang tago-tago, their meet­ings are in pub­lic. So, hi­nayaan ko lang, pati yung left­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, harap-hara­pan na nakikipagkita na sila. Hayaan mo, but do not com­mit the mis­take of stag­ing a re­bel­lion,” he said.

“I will not hes­i­tate to im­pose mar­tial law all over the coun­try, and or­der the ar­rest of ev­ery­body, may kampo ako o wala, hindi ako man­anakot, pero gagamitin ko ta­laga ang armed forces pati pulis, ayaw ko makipag­patayan pero if you do that, I will ar­rest all of you, sinasabi ko lang sa inyo yan, wag kay­ong magka­mali, you can demon­strate in the streets in the com­ing days, I am or­der­ing the military to stay in the bar­racks but be pre­pared for what, ang pulis sabi ko, sa sta­tion lang kayo, we just as­sign,” he said.

“Kung magdemon­strate sila la­hat, marami, okay fine, pababain la­hat sila apil yung nasa bukid, I don’t mind, but I will de­clare that day a hol­i­day, no gov­ern­ment of­fice, mga studyante, kung gusto niny­ong sumali, you are free but do not re­sort to de­struc­tion and trou­ble be­cause I will or­der the military and the po­lice to go against you,”

“Do not cre­ate trou­ble here, alam ko ang mga le­gal front nila nag-usap harap-hara­pan na, okay lang yun, pero wag kay­ong magka­mali na mag­sunog dito, I will not ac­cept it, ang ka­harap ninyo baril, sig­u­rado yan, and if you want some­thing to hap­pen, let it hap­pen, para magkaala­man na kung ano ba ta­laga itong bayan natin,” he said.

“Let us go into spasm, wala akong prob­lema diyan, am­bush dito, am­bush doon, nau­u­bos na sun­dalo ko pati pulis, wala­man kay­ong sta­syon, so wala akong ma­g­a­n­ti­han. Ang hini­hin­tay ko, an overt act to de­stroy gov­ern­ment, I do not ex­pect any­thing, but I am pre­pared for ev­ery­thing,” Duterte added.

(PHOTO BY JOEY P. NACALABAN)

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte said he will not hes­i­tate to de­clare mar­tial law through­out the coun­try if the com­mu­nist rebels will con­tinue to carry an overt at­tack against the gov­ern­ment.

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