“I am avoiding the situation where things will go out of control and – kasi ‘pag ito ang military would also, upon my orders, press for a fight in order to impose peace,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during his meeting with BARMM and local officials, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police area commanders at Camp BGen Gonzalo H. Siongco in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on May 11.
“Ngayon, kung hindi ninyo makumbinsi ‘yong mga tao… Alam ko ‘yong iba ayaw sa inyo, maybe kalaban rin ninyo. But you must do something because it will come to a fore na ‘pag marami na ang tama ang military pati pulis magsabi na sila sa akin, sir, ganito na lang ba, we react to situations and we continue to die? It’s life that is involved here. So pagka ganoon kung hindi ko mapigilan and there will be an all-out offensive, iyan na ang problema,” the President said.
“And if I give the order, I will no longer withdraw it. I will wait for the next president to do what he wants with Mindanao. Kasi gusto ko talagang tapusin itong mga masasama. Tutal we are ready to listen, we want to reconfigure Mindanao, tayo, we will do it, we just talk. You can begin it now na nandito pa ako na makikinig sa inyo and try… Hindi lang ninyo alam kung gaano ko inikot lahat ‘yan just to convince them to give the BARMM dito sa Central Mindanao,” he explained.
“You just don’t know the endless meetings, mga ilang kape ‘yan, ilang tasang kape ‘yang maubos ko noon just to talk and convince to support BARMM so that hopefully sana there will be peace,” Duterte added.
“But the monkeywrench of the whole situation now is the BIFF and they continue to inflict hindi lang maliliit. They continue to burn, ambush, detonate bombs, talagang a full-blown terrorism,” he said.
“Ngayon, nagmamakaawa ako sa inyo tulungan ninyo ako because otherwise, I said, if I give the order for an all-out offensive, it will be bloody and it will be sad,” President Duterte said.