Du30 to troops: Kill your­self than be cap­tured

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS INQ - —GERMELINA A. LACORTE

Kill your­self rather than be cap­tured by Abu Sayyaf.

Pres­i­dent Duterte gave this ad­vice to sol­diers and po­lice­men as he or­dered one more Army divi­sion sent to Jolo to fight the home­grown ter­ror group.

“I don’t want to see the po­lice or the sol­diers cap­tured,” Mr. Duterte said dur­ing cer­e­monies here for grad­u­ates of mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ing cour­ses for po­lice.

He said Abu Sayyaf “will hu­mil­i­ate you and de­base you in their camps.”

Ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to ter­ror­ists’ prac­tice of video­tap­ing be­head­ings, Mr. Duterte said Abu Sayyaf would make sol­diers “face the cam­era” if they were cap­tured or tortured.

Po­lice­men and sol­diers, the Pres­i­dent said, had been given three mag­a­zines per pis­tol.

If cor­nered by Abu Sayyaf, Mr. Duterte said this was what the sol­dier should do: Use two mag­a­zines. “If one emp­ties, in­sert the other one. If the other one is emp­tied, be sure to count the num­bers. Be sure to leave three bul­lets in the mag­a­zine be­cause if you get cor­nered, son of a bitch, eat your gun. Pull the trig­ger.”

Mr. Duterte said he would go to Jolo him­self to ac­com­pany the ad­di­tional sol­diers be­ing sent to the prov­ince in a ges­ture of en­cour­age­ment.

“I’m go­ing there,” he said. “When the new divi­sion ar­rives, I’ll be there,” the Pres­i­dent added.

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