Pres. Duterte calls for peace anew with communists, Muslim rebels
By Leslie D. Venzon
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday called anew for peace, as he thanked soldiers and military for the service they have extended to the country.
“Maraming namatay sa inyo, pero bagamat marami ring namatay sa mga komunista. But as President, I have to seek peace for our country. Not only with the communist insurgency but doon rin sa Muslim insurgency,” the President said in a speech during his visit to Camp Guillermo Nakar in Lucena City.
Camp Nakar is the base of the Armed Forces’ Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM).
President Duterte said the country continued to lose good men, soldiers and police.
“As I talk to the communist, I will talk to the MI(LF), MN(LF) and all the armed groups there. Hindi kasali ang Abu Sayyaf. I will not talk with criminal,” he said, noting the need to build the country.
”Kaya nga nag-rebelde nga sila (Abu Sayyaf) because they think that they can have a better life, Pilipinas can have a better life under them, which is crazy. That’s why you are fighting them, eh hindi naman papayag because the constitutional mandate belongs to this government, not with them,” the chief executive added.