PRRD orders military to destroy ASG after Jolo blast

PRRD orders military to destroy ASG after Jolo blast




The Armed Forces of the Philippines has its marching orders from its Commander in Chief-  and that is to crush the Abu Sayyaf Group.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered on Monday the military to intensify its offensive against the extremists Abu Sayyaf Group following the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu that killed atleast 21 people and has wounded 112 others.
 
The Chief executive personally examining the damage in the Jolo cathedral (photo credit PNA)
"I order you to destroy the organization. I’m ordering you now: pulpugin ninyo ang (crush) Abu Sayyaf by whatever means," Duterte said in his speech on Monday in the blast site and the wake of the victims in Jolo.
The President has advised the AFP to use all the military equipmrnts they have in pursuing the Abu Sayyaf terrorists.
The President noted that there is a need to counter the evil acts committed by the ASG.
"I’d rather be criticized on the side of being brutal than allow my country to just disintegrate,"Pres. Duterte said.
“It’s a movement of evil men. The only way to fight them is to become evil also,” Duterte added.
The President also took note that peace talks with the Abu Sayyaf is futile.
"Hindi mo man pwede kausapin na mag-usap tayo ng kapayapaan. Ayaw eh. Tapos ipinapahiya tayo. (We cannot even talk peace with them. They do not want it. Then they make us look like fools). They are trying to picture us as inutile," he said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is pursuing a lead that points to three persons of interests in the bombing of Jolo Cathedral.
PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said one of the suspects belong to the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) sub-group Ajang-Ajang, which was earlier tagged by the military as the one behind the blast. 



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