President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Saturday night to crush the Abu Sayyaf, saying that the group left him with no choice.
“You started this. I wanted to talk to you but you leave me with no choice,” Duterte said during a meeting with national security officials in Matina, Davao City.
President Duterte also called the nation to prepare for reprisals from the terror group, “I am calling on the nation to prepare for reprisals. There will be sacrifices to be made but we have to address this problem once and for all,” he said.
He also vowed to crush the ASG even if he has to engage mercenary groups like Nepalese Gurkhas, “If I have to hire the Gurkhas to help us fight the Abu Sayyaf, I am willing to do it,” he added.
“There’s no other option. These people are like germs which must be eliminated,” the President said.