Saying he had lost many soldiers and policemen in the operation against the Maute group in Marawi City, President Duterte on Sunday night rejected peace talks and said he wanted all the terrorists holed up in the city dead.
“I will not talk to you. Whatever the leaders of the group say, I don’t care. That is why make sure you fight well because I have ordered [the military] to bring the heads of these sons of bitches,” Mr. Duterte said in a speech at Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu province.
Mr. Duterte said he had ordered troops to “shoot [the enemy] and shoot [them] dead.”
Airstrikes on terrorist positions in Marawi resumed on Sunday afternoon after a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire for the evacuation of civilians was marred by terrorist sniper fire.
Military jets and helicopters fired on Maute positions near the city center around 2 p.m., after the expiry of …
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