Philippine leader says could be open to talks with Abu Sayyaf militants


(From AFP)

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he could be open to peace talks with the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf, which recently beheaded two foreign hostages and kidnapped seven more.

Rodrigo Duterte,

Rodrigo Duterte

“The Abu Sayyaf is not my enemy. I know it is connected with the issue of Mindanao,” Duterte told supporters in a speech in the central city of Cebu late Saturday, referring to the rebellion-torn south of the country.

“That is why I want to ask them: are they willing to talk or do we just fight it out?” said the firebrand politician, who campaigned on promises to get tough on crime and who takes office on June 30. Read More

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