Duterte dares De Lima to stay in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte has challenged his greatest critic, Senator Leila de Lima to live in Mindanao after giving a statement that the declaration of martial law was unnecessary to defeat the Maute terrorist group.

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During the visit of President to the quarters of wounded soldiers, Duterte said the situation in Mindanao is far from safe.

"There's always a bomb everyday exploding in Mindanao," he said.

Duterte slammed De Lima for saying that other areas aren't affected with the Marawi siege but she forgot what happened to Davao CIty explosion that killed many people.

"And baka nakalimutan ng mga tao diyan na mas bright. For example si De Lima, na bakit daw yung ibang lugar? she forgot that Davao City suffered an explosion killing so many people," Duterte emphasized.

He also said the progress of the military in clearing Marawi City of members of the Maute group does not signify that Mindanao will soon be a safe zone since there are still "pocket wars" going on.

Duterte then challenged De Lima to transfer in Mindnao so that they will know how dangerous it is.

"And I suggest that they transfer here. Dito sila magtira ng bahay o patirahan ko isla ng mga bahay na kilala ko, nagsialisan. And they should know how it is dangerous," Duterte addressed to his critics.

De Lima earlier said the military was capable of defeating the Maute group even without the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Source: Politics