“I will hire you as soldiers – same pay, same privileges, and I will build houses for you in some areas,” Duterte said on Saturday during his visit to an amy base on Jolo isaland.
Does this mean that Philippine soldiers are incompetent to fight against Islamic State-linked militants?
On Dec. 12, 2016 at the Wallace Business Forum dinner in Malacañang Palace- “They are in the forest. I don’t know where and I said, they would stop fighting, provided we stop the offensive or not, they said that they will go down upon Marawi to burn the place,” – Duterte said.
“Go ahead, do it.”- Duterte said.
It was May 23, 2017 were Maute group then challenged Duterte and burned down buildings, schools, city jail and Catholic church which lead Duterte to declare Martial Law.
Reported from the AFP that 15 soldiers and 3 policemen were killed since violence emerged in the area.
Few days after the declaration of Martial Law, Duterte then seeks the unity of separatists, maoists to fight against Islamic State-linked militants.
Residents in Mindanao mostly were very happy for the Martial Law since it has more protection from the government. Many soldiers roaming around the city day and night which made them feel secure. Martial Law declaration is a big help in the city to stop violence.
Seeking separatists, maoists to fight against Islamic State-linked militants is one way of uniting people for peace – by the residents in Mindanao.