Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte released a statement concerning “looming terrorism” and vowed to protect his citizens by any means possible.
“Once the terrorists of the Middle East are deprived of the land area, the real estate area where they can sleep…they will wander to other place and they will come here and we have to prepare for that,” Duterte warned.
“Remember, these guys, they do not have an iota of what is human rights, believe me. I will not just simply allow my people to be slaughtered for the sake of human rights, that’s bull****.”
President Duterte warned of the “looming terrorism” on Mindanao, which was already endangered by extreme lawlessness.
ISIS is already present in the country and has already kidnapped and beheaded two Canadian nationals last year.
Islamic camps have been recorded training soldiers and tensions are rising.
Duterte’s office warned Monday anyone caught behind violent, ISIS-inspired acts in the Philippines would have “more drastic actions” taken against them.
According to the Independent, Bill Payton, Associate Fellow on Catham House’s Asia Program “To the Independent,” explained: “There are various rebel groups in the south [Philippines] who will claim allegiance to anybody who appears radical.”
Will President Duterte’s threat fall on deaf ears? only time will tell.