Duterte: 'I will never compromise with terrorism'

SHOULDER TO CRY ON Duterte consoles the wife of a Marine slain in the Marawi fighting

SHOULDER TO CRY ON Duterte consoles the wife of a Marine slain in the Marawi fighting

"The President's invitation for global partners to aid in the rebuilding is not synonymous with humanitarian crisis", Abella said during the Mindanao Hour press briefing in Davao City Friday morning. She lifted it even before Congress could review her proclamation.

Duterte made the statement a few days after Abdullah Maute, one of the two brothers leading the terrorist Maute group, reportedly offered to release a Catholic priest, in exchange for the freedom of his parents and relatives who are under the government's custody.

Petitioners have raised their concerns to the Supreme Court since Congress shut down moves to convene in a joint session to discuss martial law.

Former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo yesterday declared strong support to the Martial Law declaration of President Duterte in Mindanao, saying that Filipinos must continue to trust him.

Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Philippine Independent Church and the main convener of the Sowing said: "We affirm our earlier pronouncement that the declaration of Martial Law adversely impacts on the peace process". "The war in Marawi carries with it the issue of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao".

"We will not go out there until the last terrorist is executed", Duterte said.

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"I've been president...and being a president...you have information that others do not have".

She said that as Chief Executive, Duterte has information that he can not share to others, thus, trust in his decisions is of utmost importance.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it is just normal for friends to help each other especially in times of crisis.

Arroyo also imposed martial law in the province of Maguindanao on December 2009, following the Ampatuan Massacre, which killed 57 people, including media practitioners.

The victims were slain on their way to the Commission on Elections office in Shariff Aguak for the filing of the certificate of candidacy of then-Buluan vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu. "You gain nothing from their nationalism", Duterte said. "And speaking as an economist, I'd like to add that his "Build, Build, Build" initiative is commendable and is a step in the right direction towards sustaining our robust economic growth", she said.