|Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)|
By Christina Mendez
MANILA, Philippines - There’s no room in jail for terrorists.
President Duterte yesterday directed his troops not to take prisoner who took part in the rebellion and terrorism in Marawi, saying there were not enough detention centers in the war-torn city.
Speaking before troops of the 102nd brigade of the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Sarangani, Duterte did not mince words when he indicated he wanted all suspects in the rebellion killed.
If the terrorists and their affiliates are allowed to live, Duterte said this would complicate things.
“Where will I put them? They have to be in the jurisdiction where they committed the crime. Simple as that. Kaya madagdagan ang problema (There will be more problems),” he said.
He explained the government would still need to feed the suspects in jail and bring them to court when the government has yet to rebuild the city.
“Dapat, every encounter, patay lahat. Ayoko magdala ng buhay, preso. Papakainin ko pa ‘yan (In every encounter, all should be dead. I don’t want them taken prisoners. I will have to feed them),” the Chief Executive said, after announcing that the soldiers’ basic pay would be doubled next year.
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