Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not supporting calls for President Benigno Aquino to resign over the Mamasapano Massacre.
He is also against a military junta kicking the President out of Malacanang, as unverified reports say a group is planning a coup d’etat over the President’s alleged role in a bungled operation against Malaysian terrorist Marwan that led to the killing of 44 police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.
I have pledged my loyalty to the President, said Duterte on Monday in the late night Give Us This Day television program on Channel 43 of the Davao City-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name of international televangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
Even as Marwan was killed in the police operation, the death of the SAF commandos by Moro rebels in Mamamasapano, Maguindanao in Central Mindanao had sparked a nationwide anger against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has entered into a peace agreement with the government, and the renegade Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and calls for Aquino to resign.
In wake of the January 25 bloodbath, Duterte had called on Aquino to take responsibility for the mass killing, the biggest single-day loss for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the campaign against the Moro insurgency in southern Philippines.
Duterte, in the show hosted by Pastor Quiboloy, said there is no “culpable ground” under the Constitution for Aquino to resign even if he had a role in the bungled operation.
Duterte also said a military junta forcing Aquino out of office would be a throwback to past coups that led to political instability.
Marwan was a bomb expert linked to the MILF and BIFF, the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and the al-Qaeda-linked Indonesia terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.