President Duterte warned as we speak (Wednesday, April 19) that he might “invade” an island stronghold of Abu Sayyaf to “finish the game” following the foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol final week.
The president additionally provided money rewards for the seize, lifeless or alive, of six militants nonetheless at massive following the conflict on the island, which left six rebels and 4 members of the safety forces lifeless.
The gun battle on the favored vacationer island adopted a US Embassy warning about journey to the area, citing unconfirmed intelligence of attainable kidnap plans.
The assault represented a brand new chapter for the Islamic State-affiliated terror group, occurring tons of of miles from its southern strongholds on Jolo, Tawi Tawi and Basilan islands.
The president mentioned that the group should not be allowed to increase its attain. “I will, maybe, invade Jolo,” Duterte advised reporters after a safety briefing in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. “All army, navy, will go there. It will be a fight. That’s what they want, I will give it.”
Referring to Abu Sayyaf’s strongholds, he mentioned: “They must stay there. My order to the navy… is to blow them up, no surrender. Shoot cannons, destroy them.”
Duterte mentioned he wished civilians to affix the manhunt on Bohol and provided a reward of six million pesos ($120,668) for every of the six fugitives.
He additionally warned that Abu Sayyaf might attempt to “create a disaster” at a gathering of commerce officers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) being held on Bohol from as we speak.
While discussing the fear menace, the president predictably veered onto the subject of his struggle on medication. “My order is dead or alive. My enemy is drugs and terrorists,” he mentioned. “These drug addicts, they have firearms. Almost all of them are really paranoid. They fight.”
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