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Duterte shuts door on peace talks with Abu Sayyaf bandits


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said that he saw no reason why the Philippine government should talk peace with the Abu Sayyaf Group.

"I am very sorry to say but there will be no [peace] talks about these things with the Abu Sayyaf," he said in a brief statement before he led the oath-taking of some appointed officials inside the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace.

"I will not deal with persons with extreme brutality. There is no redeeming factor or reason for me to sit down and talk with criminals," Duterte added.

Duterte said this after he announced that he will begin the framework for the peace process with the Bangsamoro, specifically the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). —NB, GMA News

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