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Duterte: Marawi crisis will be over in a matter of days

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte on Thursday expressed confidence that the ongoing armed conflict in the war-torn city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur will be over in just a few days.

President Rodrigo Dutere (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Dutere
(PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In his speech at the Philippine National Police-Police Regional Office (PNP-PRO) XI at Camp Quintin M. Merecido, Catitipan, Buhangin, Davao City, Duterte said there is nothing to worry about because the government is winning the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

“But the way it’s evolving now, I think that it will be [over in] a matter of days,” Duterte said Thursday night.

“Before the end of the month, matatapos na ‘yan. We are winning the war. Do not worry,” he added.

Duterte also said that he is praying to see the end of the Marawi crisis soon as he knows that government troops are now also tired.

“I hope that this fight would not last for another month. Pagod na ang mga sundalo (My soldiers are now tired),” he said.

The ISIS-inspired Maute group placed Marawi City under siege since May 23, 2017 prompting President Duterte to cut short his official visit to Russia and place Mindanao under martial law for 60 days.

Since then, a total of 44 civilians were reported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to have been killed by the terrorists as of Wednesday night.

The AFP also reported that a total of 75 government troopers were killed-in-action while the number of terrorists killed rose to 303.

As the Marawi siege entered its second month, a total of 362 firearms were recovered by the military, while 1,711 civilians have been rescued during military clearing operations.

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  • Dutertard

    TAGALLLLLLLLLL…… anung petsa na.. Si Pres. Aquino noon 20days lng tapos na..

    WLA KA PALA KWENTA EH>> PURO KA LNG YABANG!!!

    • angrycitizen

      Then go to Marawi and kill the terrorists with your keyboard.

  • Constitutional_Rights

    Kung magsalita si DuDirty parang napalaki ng Maute muslim rebels more or less 100-fighters na tinatawag niya na ISIS state pero ang totoo die-hard fans lang na puro arms weapons lang at ground force. Sa ilang araw na dapat tapos ang bakbakan and in terms of manpower noon 2011 40,000 (Army), 10,000 (Navy and Marine Corps), and 10,000 (Air Force) at halos 70,000 PNP. As of 2017[update], the Philippines ranked 49 of 127 countries in global firepower. Airforce has state of the ar12- FA-50 fighter/bomber, Augusta attack helicopters and other fixed wings. Ang mechanize strenght ng army in terms of tanks, APCs, artiller, etc. is overwhelming. Sa totoo lang mukhang palabas lang ang Maute invasion ng Marawi City na ang majority ng miyembro ay mga dating tauhan ng MNLF and MILF.

    • silangstupid

      Mas mabuti nga ang presidente maraming ngagawa ikaw puro kaka na lang lamang ng bunganga mo. Nagtatalino talinohan bobo naman. mahiya ka naman.

      • tarikan

        Mas bukels si Mano Digong. Seven years ba naman kinuha ang high school. Kung hindi naging roommate si Yasay baka AB (major in CD) lang ang tinapos ni El Guapo.

        • silangstupid

          Finerfect lang niya ang high school. pero isang beses lang kumuhang ng bar exam pasado agad. Hindi katulad na iba diyan maraming beses bago pumasa. Si Sabio multi time na kumukuha ng bar baka nagbayad pa para masabing abugado siya. Tingnan mo naman ang trabaho notary public. Si Pres Duterte prosecutor ibig sabihin magaling. Tanungin mo si Pangilinan kung ilang beses kumuha sa bar. Baka nagbayad din. Hindi pwedeng litigation lawyer notary public pwede.

          • tarikan

            Malakas ang Tatay ni Mano Digong kay Marcos nung kumuha sya ng bar exam. Mas mataas ang nakuha nya sa Bar diyan sa Malate. Pre, dito sa bandang amin buy one take three ang prosecutor including fixcals harharhar.

          • silangstupid

            ikaw tarikan anong naabot mo?

  • silangstupid

    It look nice to see our soldiers checking all passer going in and out of marawi. Parang mga Israeli soldier chicking the terrrorist. Good work soldiers.

  • tarikan

    Ganito rin ang sabi ni Pres. El Guapo more than three weeks ago…malapit naaaah! Pagnasa ibang lugar iba ang dialogue…hindi nya raw alam kung kailan matatapos ang gulo sa Marawi. Pagnasa sariling lugar..ang yabang. Palakpakan naman ang mga DDS, hehe.