Duterte to soldiers: Save last bullet for yourselves when fighting jihadis

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President Duterte visiting troops during the Siege of Marawi. File photograph.

President Duterte has said soldiers should “die a warrior” and kill themselves rather than be captured by Islamic State-affiliated terrorists.

The president gave this advice to troops fighting Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups as he warned against being tortured, raped and decapitated if taken captive.

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Speaking at an assembly of the National Federation of the Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines in Iloilo City yesterday (Saturday, April 6), he said: “If you surrender, you will be brought to their camp and tortured. They’ll do anything to you, ask for a massage, and there are homosexuals there. They will use you day and night.

“Sabi ko, do not go into that kind of shit there. You die a warrior. You kill yourself. Do not surrender.” 

The president also said that soldiers should save their last bullet for themselves rather than be taken alive by terrorists.

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“If you run out of magazines and the Abu Sayyaf is getting closer, do not surrender,” he said.

“I don’t want to see your headless bodies being loaded into airplanes. Put your gun in your mouth and blow your head off so you deprive them the money.”

He also admitted that the Islamic State-affiliated Abu Sayyaf terror group remained a threat in south of the country. He then gave examples of soldiers who had been decapitated by the jihadi militants.

“They cannot be satisfied by whatever deal that you can offer them. No. Because they’re ISIS. They take their cue from the Middle East,” he said.

“That’s why my soldiers are decapitated when captured. I said, ‘Son of a bitch, I don’t want to see that again’.”

The president has previously ruled out holding peace negotiations with Abu Sayyaf due to the atrocities they have been responsible for. Instead, he has ordered the military to utterly destroy the group.

“They don’t have any ideology, they are pretending to be Muslims with a cause but all they do is to kill and destroy,” he said.

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