From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 7): PRRD slams Maute sympathizers; vows gov’t will win
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday slammed sympathizers of the terrorist Maute group and promised soldiers that the government will come out victorious in the war against extremism and terrorism.
“Galit talaga ako sa kanila dyan sa Marawi na yan,” Duterte told soldiers at the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Headquarters at Camp Leono in Barangay Kalandagan, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat
“Kung bakit yung mga Maranao, pinayagan yung mga tao, pinapapasok doon at manggulo and bringing a corrupt ideology,” he said. “Ang gusto gawin, patayan lang, tapos sirain. 'Yun lang gusto mo sa buhay? That is pure oppression. Eh tayo naman, bakit magpa(pa)lugi? And to think that they are fighting a republic, di naman tayo nagkulang.”
President Duterte vowed that the extremists will never win against the government, adding that these skirmishes would have been brief if not for the rule of law.
“Not in a million years, manalo sila (extremists) sa atin. Ang liit nitong gyera na ito. Were it not for the fact na we are bound by rules, I could flatten Marawi in two days. In 24 hours, tapos yan,” he stressed.
“We are governed by rules because we are a republic. A democratic republic, kaya tayo natagalan kasi nauna sila (Maute) doon, sinama naman ng mga Maranao, kaya ako, galit ako,” he noted.
The President also said that even in the midst of war, civilian lives are still the priority of the government.
“Kaya natin yan, but may order talaga tayo -- na walang collateral damage, walang inosente na mamatay," he stressed.