Mautes offer to swap Catholic Priest for parents

Abdullah Maute, leader of the Maute terror group is willing to release the Catholic priest in exchange for his parents' freedom.



However, the Philippine President had previously stated that the government will not negotiate with the Maute's.

"I will not talk to you. Whatever the leaders of the group say, I don’t care. that is why make sure you fight well because I have ordered to bring the heads of these sons of the bitches," Duterte stated. "You started a wrong cause. We did not ask for it. You were all along brutal and cruel. I won’t allow it," he added during a speech at the Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.

Losing too many soldiers means its too late for peace talks and negotiations.

A source who was present during the meeting of Philippine emissaries and Abdullah Maute during an eight-hour ceasefire enforced by the military on Sunday in respect to the Muslim feast Eid al-Fitr and to allow Muslim residents of Marawi to celebrate the aforementioned feast.

The said source cited Abdullah's words saying that they are willing to withdraw from continuing the atrocities in the city if the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will intervene for the siege to end.

The source also mentioned that both the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf are not willing to negotiate with the government unless the MILF will be involved during the talks.

"If the MILF will intervene, they are ready to leave Marawi City. But if not, they will fight to the last drop of their blood," said the source.

Eight Muslim emissaries entered the heart of the city and met with Abdullah Maute, one of the two brothers leading the Maute-ISIS group. However, their discussions are still unclear.

Retired General Dickson Hermoso, who coordinates efforts to free trapped civilians stated that the 8-hour truce to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday was extended to make way for the talks.



"We need to balance this because this is very precarious," Hermoso told reporters.

The terrorist group released some women and children on Sunday.

We have only established a foothold with the Maute," he said. "We hope both sides will again grant us the respite."

The MILF stated that they would like to initiate the negotiation with the Maute to end the crisis in Marawi city.

However, MILF said they will intervene the peace negotiations with the Maute group if they confirm that the terrorist group are willing to negotiate but President Rodrigo Duterte must give his blessing first for them to proceed.

MILF Vice Chairman Ghadzali Jaafar said while they are still waiting for reports confirming that the Maute terror group wants them to mediate, they are willing to help ease tensions in the city after consultations with the President.

"We want very much to help ease the tension in Marawi City. Of course, who does not want to be involved in returning peace to Marawi city so that our people there-- our Maranao brothers and sisters can once again live in peace together again for their families,"  Jaafar said Tuesday.

"We do not want to undertake unilateral action on our part without consulting first our President regarding such issue because at this moment in time we know this issue is of national concern-- is of national interest," Jaafar said.

"We're appealing again to those-- whoever is holding the good father Chito to please release him," Jaafar said.



Source: INQ



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