MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that the Philippines should be ready to confront the threat brought by the Islamic State.
Duterte said the extremist ideology of the group could become a problem for the Philippines 3 to 7 years from now.
''Some parts of Mindanao, may mga taong mga puti, I suppose mga Arabo. They are here as missionaries. Walang armas but into [indoctrination],'' Duterte told troops at Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
Duterte said the government must be able to crush extremism, especially in the country's southern portion.
''There is something wrong in their minds, killing people unnecessarily without question. They burn people to death for apparently no reason at all."
Duterte issued this statement in the wake of national police chief Ronald dela Rosa's revelation that a top drug trafficker has teamed up with armed groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in order to kill him and Duterte.
Dela Rosa said the drug lord is an incumbent mayor from Mindanao who wants to stop government's crackdown on narcotics.
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