Duterte wages war against Rebels, no more peace talks
President Rodrigo Duterte was irate after the fatal ambush of four police members allegedly by the rebels which provoked him to “wage war” against the communists despite plans of resuming peace negotiations.
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“There are no peace talks. It’s totally absent. So, in the meantime, I would just also ask the Armed Forces and the police, just go ahead and wage a war against them. Anything goes and I will allow the police and the military this time to use all available assets,” the President said to reporters in Davao del Sur.
Alarmed at the skirmish executed on Police Officer (PO) 1 Rolly Benelayo, PO1 Joe Narvaza, PO1 Saro Mangutara, all members of Bansalan Municipal Police Station; and PO3 Jayden May Rabor, a crime scene operative in Digos City, Duterte asserted that the police and military will use “all available assets” in response to the violence.
“I’m sorry that this gory incident had to happen. But I can assure everybody that the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police would respond. This time I’m using everything. I have encouraged the police to call in the air assets,” he said.
Duterte urged rebels to cease all government attacks and collection of revolutionary taxes, however, after the recent incident, peace talks are most unlikely to push through.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the ambush would have an effect on efforts to revive peace talks with the communist rebels.
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