Saying that the Maute terrorists will be treated as criminals and if they surrender they will be prosecuted, President Rodrigo Duterte warned the NPA not to stage a rebellion on the streets. He said he will not hesitate to order a nationwide martial law.
“So with the NPAs. Kasi ang NPA hindi mo na kasi ngayon ma-ano eh. Actively, ‘yung front nila. Wala na silang tago-tago. Their meetings are in public. Hinayaan ko lang, sige. Pati ‘yung liga nila, mga leftist organization, harap-harapan na nakikipagkita na sila,” the President said in media interview during his visit to wounded-in-action (WIA) soldiers admitted at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Brgy. Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday.
“Sabi ko: Sige, hayaan mo,” Duterte said. “But do not commit the mistake.”
“Ako, hindi ako nananakot ha. Do not commit the mistake of staging a rebellion. ‘Yung sabihin mo na there’s a fighting on the streets,” he noted.
“I will not hesitate to impose martial law all throughout the country and order the arrest of everybody,” the President said. “Ke may kampo ako o wala. Hindi ako nananakot. Pero gagamitin ko talaga ang Armed Forces pati pulis.”
“Ayaw ko makipagpatayan but if you do that, I will arrest all of you. All of you. Hindi ako nananakot, sinasabi ko lang sa inyo ‘yan,” he said.
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