The conflict on terrorism will not be over but even when the navy ends the siege in Marawi City, President Rodrigo Duterte has hinted.
In a speech on the oath-taking of the Philippine National Police’s star-rank officers on August 30, Duterte stated terrorists goal areas with a big inhabitants.
“Nabigla lang tayo dito sa [Marawi]. But you know, there’s a reason for that. They can only do it in places where they are the dominant population. They cannot do it anywhere,” he stated.
Duterte stated Davao City, his turf which boasts of a big inhabitants of Muslims, could not simply be the following goal of the Maute group and its allies.
“But itong kalaban talaga natin, itong mga extremist na Moro who has joined the ISIS. Zamboanga could be a very tempting target and even Manila,” he stated.
The insurgency in Sulu might additionally pose a much bigger drawback for the federal government, he added.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines has stated it’s getting ready for a “final push” to defeat the Maute group in Marawi City, after greater than three months of battle.