by Antonio L. Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has maintained that he will not talk to the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf but told them “to minimize the slaughter” of innocent people.
“No way that I will talk to them, sila rin ayaw din talaga nila (they don’t want to talk, either). Ang akin lang sana, kung hindi tayo pwede mag-usap sabi ko sa Moro (For me, if we cannot talk, I told the Moro), at least we minimize the slaughter.
Kung maari lang (If only it’s possible),” Duterte said, in a message during the National Biennial Summit on Women and Community Policing at the Apo View Hotel Davao on Friday.
The Abu Sayyaf released Norwegian kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstad, 56, on September 10 in Patikul, Sulu, and was later presented at the Matina Enclaves last September 12. It was during this meeting when Duterte mentioned that “terrorism will be the great battle of the century.”