President Rodrigo Duterte is not giving any assurance that the crisis in Marawi City will be over this month.
During his visit here over the weekend, Duterte said a number of hostages are still held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Maute group.
“Problem is ‘yung the last stronghold, nag-bivouac sila diyan sa isang mosque na malaki. Ayaw ko naman na wasakin, na bombahin. Mahirap ‘yan. That’s a sacred place to the Islam believers,” he said.
He said they tried not to bomb the religious structures in Marawi because it will “wound the feelings of the entire Muslim world”.
“I am not placing any timetable. Because pagsabi nila na, ‘well, we need another six months,’ eh ‘di, we’ll just have to wait it out. If I can save one life there, I am willing to wait one year,” Duterte said. (davaotoday.com)