By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte now sees no reason why the Philippine government should continue having peace talks with the Abu Sayyaf Group. Finally after the insurgents ignored his ceasefire declaration during his first SONA that humiliated him because the group responded with a bomb attack in Basilan killing one military personnel.
It has been observed that when it comes to Abu Sayyaf, he is very apologetic saying; “I am very sorry to say but there will be no peace talks about these things with the Abu Sayyaf,” he said in a brief statement before he led the oath-taking of some appointed officials inside the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace.
He added; “I will not deal with persons with extreme brutality. There is no redeeming factor or reason for me to sit down and talk with criminals,” Duterte added.
Duterte not realized that they are indeed criminals – contrary to his earlier comment that they are not, just victims of hatred.