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Duterte to end Abu Sayyaf Group menace, spokesman says

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will solve the Abu Sayyaf Group menace, his spokesman declared on Tuesday.


Salvador Panelo, the incoming presidential spokesman, made the remark after the bandits beheaded their second Canadian hostage after the deaine for the payment of ransom lapsed on Monday.

“I’m sure President-elect Duterte will solve that kind of problem. He has solved other problems of equal magnitude. I don’t see any problem of him doing that,” Panelo said.

He admitted that Duterte had yet to reveal how he would go after Abu Sayyaf.
“Iyan lang ang hindi ko alam how he will do it. Pero knowing him, magaling kasi si Presidente-elect eh. Marami siyang style na hindi natin alam, but very effective,” Panelo said.

As the Mayor of Davao City, the spokesperson said that Duterte also had a no-ransom policy.
"Ang alam ko lang, iyong style niya noong mayor pa siya. Meron mga kidnapping, he has backdoor negotiations iyong mga tao, then suddenly, nari-release ang mga hostage," he said.

Panelo added that a comprehensive effort to address the Abu Sayyaf would be discussed when Duterte assumes the presidency.

Duterte’s incoming presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza there would be no negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Dureza said that he directly negotiated with the Abu Sayyaf for the release of his friend, John Ridsel, the Canadian who was beheaded by the group in April after the family failed to raise the amount of money for his ransom.

"But negotiating with them in the context of what we are doing with the Bangsamoro [Moro Islamic Liberation Front/Moro National Liberation Front] and the CPP/NPA/NDF is definitely not the way forward," Dureza said.

"They have to face the full force of the law for their terrorism and criminal acts," he added.


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