|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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