President Rodrigo Duterte believes he declared martial law in Mindanao simply in the nick of time to forestall ISIS from solidifying his stronghold in the nation.
In his speech earlier than members of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade in Sarangani Wednesday (July 5), Duterte mentioned he expects the revolt impressed by ISIS “to slow down a bit” as a result of of martial law.
Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 due to the combating between authorities forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute group in Marawi City.
He mentioned that whereas the federal government has intelligence concerning the terrorist group’s actions in the Philippines, it solely turned conscious of the extent of its preparation for a protracted battle just lately.
“We never expected that enormity of weaponry nasa kamay rin nila. Hindi ko rin talaga akalain. Walang kaubusan,” he mentioned.
“And so timely, maybe God’s intervention, that we did it on time,” Duterte added.