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Paano ang Kristyano? Duterte prefers Marawi crisis to drag on than risk bloodshed

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President Rodrigo Duterte would rather that soldiers retake Marawi City from the Maute group slowly but surely than run the risk of having its hostages beheaded.

In a speech before businessmen at Edsa Shangri-La Wednesday (August 9), Duterte said he advised the military against launching an assault on the terrorists.

“Sabi ko ‘Huwag. We will just have to wait it out.’ If it would take 10 years there, eh ilan na lang ang naiwan diyan, and you’d have to give them food,” he said.

Duterte said the Maute group might behead the estimated 300 hostages it has if the military launches an assault.

“You might hate really the Maute guys but how about the Christians there who are being hostage?” he said.

Soldiers have been fighting the Maute group since May 23.