No lower than the world’s most wished terrorist has ordered attacks to be carried out by followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned.
As the combating in Marawi City enters its third week, Duterte underscored on Sunday (June 11) simply how formidable the enemy confronted by the federal government is.
Facing reporters in Cagayan de Oro City, the President mentioned the ISIS-linked Maute group has lengthy deliberate the assault in Marawi City final May.
“Kumbaga sa away ito, umaakyat ang mga sundalo ko na sila nasa on top of the mountain. So ang target nila nasa baba, ‘yun ang Armed Forces,” he mentioned.
“Hindi ko naman akalain na ganun kalala kasi now lumabas na si Baghdadi mismo, the leader of the ISIS has specifically ordered terroristic activities here in the Philippines,” Duterte added.
“Baghdadi” is Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the ISIS’ head.
Duterte mentioned it was the seriousness of the risk posed by ISIS that prompted him to declare martial legislation in Mindanao.
“I have to call the soldiers in because they were already occupying a definite territory and governance really has collapsed there in Marawi at saka they were already flying the ISIS flag,” he mentioned.
The President mentioned he needed to declare martial legislation in all the Mindanao in order to simply include the scenario in Marawi and keep away from a spillover of hostilities in different components of the nation.
“Ang problema nito ‘yung spillover. That is why we have to declare martial law in entire island of Mindanao because they can run everywhere and anywhere, and they can always find sanctuary and solace kasi distributed tayong lahat,” he mentioned.