As President Duterte stands firm on how his government will deal with communist terrorists – just like how the Maute Group was flushed out of Marawi City, police forces will be actively involved in addressing terrorism and insurgency problems especially in Mindanao.
According to Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), no less than the President has instructed the police leadership to assist the military in running after terror groups and communist rebels.
“There will be adjustments because the President wants us to be involved more aggressively in the problem of terrorism and insurgency,” said Dela Rosa.
Duterte said that government forces will deal with communist fighters just the same as with Islamic State-influenced militants.
“And we have this problem of terrorism – we will deal with them just like the way the Armed Forces and the police reacted during the Marawi siege. And for the communists, no quarters, no ask,” Duterte said.
The Islamic State-inspired Maute Group occupied Marawi City on May 23, 2017, prompting Duterte to respond by ordering the military to bomb their positions and take them out and placing Mindanao under martial law.
“That is the reason why we are expediting the upgrading of our equipment and armaments to help the AFP regarding the problem,” said Dela Rosa.