Philippines president Duterte says he 'will not talk to terrorists'


Modified 31 May 2017, 9:22 am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he would not talk to Muslim rebels who are fighting the military and occupying parts of a southern
city, and that he was determined to keep the Islamic State group out of the country.

Duterte's latest remarks on the crisis in Marawi City is a change in stance from last week, when he urged Maute militants to talk with him.

"I will not talk to the terrorists," he said in a speech to the military in Davao City on Wednesday.

Outraged by what he believes is insincerity towards a peace process he has started with communist rebels fighting a separate, long-running conflict, Duterte said its exiled leadership would be arrested if they came back to the

He has previously invited them to return home and even offered them government posts.