Sad to say, despite all efforts, peace, especially in the Island of Mindanao, continues to elude us. The way I will fight the war – if it is not acceptable to the normal of civilian conduct, then I am sorry because I am not fighting a civilian war, I am stopping violence and rebellion. But of course, it is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek. [APPLAUSE] That is why I ask you to join me in this fight against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality. Wala akong pinirmahan ni isa, putang ina ’yan na para pagkain.
That is why, I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering [applause].
Neither will I be immobilized into inaction by the fear that I will commit an act that will expose me to public condemnation or legal prosecution.
You harm the children in whose hands the future of this Republic is entrusted, and I will hound you to the very gates of hell.
[APPLAUSE] At the same time, the government would be adequately equipped with the constitutional tool not only to prevent the escape of rebels who can easily mingle and pretend to be civilian evacuees only to re-group in another place to fight another day but also to prevent them from spreading their gospel of hate and violence in the rest of Mindanao.
Martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus enable the military to arrest, detain, and question suspected members and sympathizers of the rebellion similar to what happened to the parents of the Maute brothers. Ako naman kasi, mga kaibigan ko ’yung iba, ’yung mga classmate ko mga vice president ng mining, magpunta sila dito…
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Peace flits away like a butterfly when you try to snatch it by the wings. The red insurgency has been with us for decades; the Muslim issue, for centuries.