31 August 2017

News Story: Philippine president gives military option to bomb last terrorist holdouts in Marawi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that the option is now with the military to make a last-ditch effort to retake the remaining Islamist militants' holdouts in the southern Philippine Marawi City.

Duterte said in a speech that he cannot allow the 100-day fighting to continue to drag on.

"I have my limits," Duterte said, adding that the situation is already out of his hands.

"Up to this time, there is a stalemate," Duterte said.

He said he has told the military "that the option is already yours because we cannot have a stalemate for over one year."

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