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Duterte tells MILF not feel sad about giving up their arms: Bigyan ko kayo mas bago, mas maganda!

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President Rodrigo Duterte told the the decommissioned Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants not to feel sad about being forced to give up their weapons as part of the peace process under the recently installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“Do not be sad na ang armas ninyo binigay ninyo sa gobyerno. Kasi kayo gobyerno na. Eh kung kailangan talaga ninyo ng armas para idepensa ninyo ang gobyerno dito sa BARMM. Walang problema. Bigyan ko kayo mas bago…mas maganda,” said Duterte during the launch of the second decommisioning phase held at the Old Provincial Capitol Compound, Brgy. Simuay, Sultan Kudarat.

Over 1,000 MILF rebels surrendered a total of 940 weapons. The government expects the number to rise to 12,000 fighters decommissioned or 30 percent of the MILF by March 2020.

Duterte promised to give everything the MILF rebels wanted just to get their support for BARMM – from full revenues from the oil to be produced from Liguasan Marsh to farm subsidies to boost their output.

“Inyo naman kaya ito. The least intervention o pang-istorbo galing sa taas, sa national government, ayaw ko. Say, kailangan ninyo ng capital, ayan. Bigyan kayo ng pera, ayan. Anong kailangan ninyo? Sabihan ninyo,” he said.

“Then if you want a mechanized — to improve the mechanized farming, may capital naman kayo. Huwag kayong magbili ng armas. Sabagay, ibili naman ninyo ng bago ‘yan. Bigyan ko na lang kayo. Mag-request ka lang. Gamitin mo ang pera sa livelihood para mabuhay ang pamilya mo,” he added.

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