MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would save money for the military as many soldiers have sacrificed their lives and "thousands" others have been left wounded in fighting rebels and terrorists.
“From now on, I will save money for AFP. We have lost so much soldiers and there are thousands already incapacitated to fight, pati ‘yung pulis ko araw-araw niyo in-ambush,” Duterte said in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Over recent months, state forces have been dealing with the long-drawn conflict in Marawi City, where Islamic State-linked terrorists have laid siege.
They have also faced a string of assaults from communist rebels, including a recent attack on the Presidential Security Group (PSG)
“Pati ‘yung convoy ko kasi doon ako magsakay, in-ambush nila. Alam mo, ginamitan ‘yun ng machine gun kaya lang armorized,” he said.
"Pati ako p*****-ina, patay. Sabagay, malayo ako doon pero convoy ko kasi 'yun," Duterte said.
Duterte recently said he would no longer talk with the Left over its continuing attacks despite pending peace negotiations.
The President meanwhile joked that lawmakers should make their vehicles armorized.
"Kayong mga senador at congressman na baka may kalaban kayo, asawa ba ninyo ‘yung ka-tira niyo ngayon o inagaw ninyo? Pa-armorized [vehicle] ninyo tutal proven [impenetrable ng] M60 [machine gun]," he said.
The ongoing Marawi firefight has left at least 578 dead as of Friday night, among them 428 terrorists, 105 government forces and 45 civilians, the military said Saturday.