Duterte: Just give me the luxury of time to confront the Abu Sayyaf

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte asks for more time to resolve the issue on terror group Abu Sayyaf. (file photo)

Davao City (CNN Philippines) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said there will be a day of reckoning with terror group Abu Sayyaf.

Speaking before businessmen in Davao City, Duterte said he just needs time to dismantle the group.

“I cannot do it just immediately. There are things that I need which we do not have now. But there will be a time, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, I will just say 'Surrender unconditionally. Release all prisoners, hostages or we fight,'” Duterte said.

Duterte said he will only confront the issue if he gets a “firm commitment” from Moro groups in ongoing peace efforts that they have “peaceful intentions.”

“I have to have a firm commitment from our brother Moro about the continuity of the talks.”

“As soon as I get that guarantee na talagang peaceful ang intentions ninyo and you are not protecting terrorists… And when I have it in my hands, I’ll be ready to confront.”

[Translation: "As soon as I get that guarantee that your intentions are peaceful and you are not protecting terrorists… And when I have it in my hands, I’ll be ready to confront.”

Last week, the Abu Sayyaf beheaded one of its hostages, Robert Hall, after the government failed to give the ₱300 million ransom for each of the four Samal Island captives — Canadians John Ridsdel and Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Filipina Marites Flor — who were abducted in September 2015 from a resort in Samal Island.

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