The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group is reportedly planning to create a “new security threat” in Mindanao which necessitates the deployment of further 30,000 troops within the area.
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed this to a bunch of lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon as he sought Congress’ help to fund the recruitment of 20,000 troopers and 10,000 policemen to fight this new safety threat.
The President summoned eight senators and two representatives to transient them on the peace and order state of affairs in Mindanao. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas have been there.
Present additionally in the course of the briefing have been Senate President Koko Pimentel, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon in addition to Senators Sonny Angara, Chiz Escudero, Dick Gordon, Gringo Honasan, and Ping Lacson.
Drilon mentioned Duterte briefed them “on intelligence information of new threats posed by the ISIS in the south and he is looking for a closer regional cooperation in the neighboring countries, particularly Indonesia.”
“In the President’s briefing it appears to be serious. That’s what he said. He was referring to the ISIS. He informed us of that renewed threat because the secretary of national defense has requested for additional manpower, and, therefore, that would require budgetary allocation,” he mentioned.