Duterte vows to address Abu Sayyaf menace, but asks public for more time

  • President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to address the terrorism problem in the country
  • He promised to confront the Abu Sayyaf group after jumpstarting the peace talks with Moro leaders
  • He warned the bandits that there will be a day of reckoning

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte promised to address the terrorism problem in the country, but asks the public to give him more time.

During a consultative workshop of businessmen with the president-elect’s incoming Cabinet secretaries at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, Duterte said he will confront the Abu Sayyaf Group after jumpstarting the peace talks with Moro leaders.

“This Abu Sayyaf, just give me the luxury of time. I cannot do it just immediately. There are things which I need, which we don’t have now,” Duterte said.

“I have to have a firm commitment from our Moro brothers about the continuity of the (peace) talks. As soon as I get that guarantee na talagang peaceful, that you are not protecting terrorists, when I have it in my hands, I will be ready to confront the Abu Sayyaf,” he added.

The Abu Sayyaf Group was also warned by Duterte that the group will soon face the consequences of their actions.

As quoted in a Rappler article written by Pia Ranada on June 22, 2016, Duterte said: “There will be a time, there will be a reckoning.”

He said there will be no letup in the fight against the terror group.

“And we confront them, we confront them, tapusin na talaga natin para wala na (we’ll really end this),” he said.

Duterte demanded the terror group to surrender and release the hostages.

“Surrender unconditionally, release your prisoners, your hostages,” he reportedly said.