President Duterte vows to end Abu Sayyaf, 07 Jan. 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has reiterated his commitment to end terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President reiterated his commitment to crush the Abu Sayyaf in the New Year Command Conference with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Malacañan last Friday.

“Idiniin din ng Presidente na ‘yung kanyang commitment to end the ASG, ‘yung Abu Sayyaf Group,” Abella said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, January 7.

Abella said the security forces gave the President their security update during the joint command conference as well as the current law enforcement activities.

For the President’s part, Abella said President Duterte reiterated his firm stance against corruption as well as his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism.

“Ni-reiterate niya ang kanyang guidance regarding corruption lalo na, sinasabi niya ‘yan kasi hindi naman nawawala ‘yan just like that and then ‘yung campaign against drugs and terrorism,” Abella said.

The Palace official said the joint command conference lasted for two hours and described it as a “substantial and a very fruitful meeting which puts the President in touch once more with this branch of government.”

In the same radio briefing, Abella called on the Filipino faithful to be careful and remain calm and sober, especially those who will be joining the Translacion on Monday, January 9.

“Let us again po look out for one another,” Abella said.

The Palace official also said the Philippines’ friendship with Russia shows that the country is broadening its borders of support.

“In a sense, na break po ‘yung ating mentality ng ating source of security comes only from one particular country,” he said.

“We are beginning to recognize that our borders are not necessarily limited or confined to simply one country or one geopolitical force,” he added.###PND