President Benigno Aquino III on Monday jeered President Rodrigo Duterte for his five month war in Marawi just to kill Maute leaders Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers.
Speaking before reporters outside his residence following Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista on Tuesday, Aquino criticized Duterte’s war on drugs and war on Marawi.
“Bakit mo kailangan ng limang buwan para lang ma-neutralize ang mga terorista gayong pwede namang gawin yon sa isang lingo? I asked before we did it with Marwan in just one day without destroying the whole city”, Aquino said.
Aquino also added that the cost of war is Marawi is so big that killing the Maute leaders was not worth.
“Sisirain moa ng buong syudad para lang paalisin ang ilang tao? I’m not convinced”, Aquino added.
“Yong sinasabi nilang mahigit 800 na teroristang namatay, mukhang wala namang bangkay na pinakita. Dun sa Marwan operation may ebidensya, marami tayong bangkay na pinakita”, Aquino added.
Aquino was referring to the Mamasapano clash in maguindanao during his term.
The Mamasapano clash was an incident that occurred during a police operation, codenamed Oplan Exodus, which took place on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, by Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) (allegedly joined by United States Army Special Forces) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The operation was intended to capture or kill wanted Malaysian terrorist and bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir (aka Marwan), and other Malaysian terrorists or high-ranking members of the BIFF.
Aquino said he is not convinced on the destruction of Marawi, saying Duterte created a human disaster. (source)