Duterte ends talks with Reds; to recruit 35000 fighters as counter-measure

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is moving for the recruitment of additional 20,000 soldiers and 10,000 to 15,000 police commandos formally known as Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force (SAF). The President revealed this in a press conference after delivering his State of the Nation Address speech.

When ask if he is “categorically putting an end to negotiations with the left,” he answered “yes.”

“I said I am a bully to the enemies of the state. So if you don’t want me, to talk to me, I do not want to talk to you and I do not want you. So ayaw ninyong makipag-usap, mas lalo na ako,” the President said in the press conference.

“So government, as a counter-measure, would start to call for a mobilization. I want the Army added by about 20,000 fighting men,” Duterte said. “I have lost a considerable number of my soldiers in Marawi.”

“Then I will add about another 10 to 15,000 (police). But I want them SAF,” he added.

“I would need about 35 to 40,000 to meet the future threats coming our way from within and outside the country and I will start also to re-arm,” he said.

He added that the police and military will be back to the drawing board to reconfigure and update their doctrines in wake of many casualties from the ongoing Marawi City battle which involves urban warfare.

“But at least we got the experience on how to fight on a terrorist urban warfare,” he said.