Says if not in Davao, perhaps in other parts of the country
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said there will be another terrorist explosion somewhere in the Philippines.
Speaking in front of the families of survivors and victims of the deadly September 2 Davao City explosion, Duterte said he knew there would be an explosion in the city due to the military offensives he ordered in Sulu where the Abu Sayyaf operates.
"I knew na puputok dito. Nung bakbakan na sa Sulu, alam ko. No need to be Maute [group member], an Abu Sayyaf. Kasi itong batan-on, the young, they don't belong to any organization, but they are already identified with the ISIS. They have sworn allegiance already to the ISIS," he said.
Duterte added that there will be another explosion, as long as the problems involving Muslims in the country continue to persist.
"Ang ISIS walang ginawa kundi paputok ang buong mundo. Kaya yan ang pinakaproblema natin. There will be another explosion, believe me. If not in Davao, then somewhere in Mindanao, or maybe in other parts of the country. Especially because ikaw ang rebelde, gusto mong gumawa ng paalaala sa mundo na nandito kami, inaapi api kami. Hanggang ngayon wala kaming nakitang solusyon," he said.
"Kita mo yung mga magulang namin, kita mo kung anong ginawa. So it would be terribly wrong, totally wrong just to disregard ito. Kaya ko ipinakita 'yan. Sabi ko, why is there so much hatred in Mindanao?" Duterte added, referring to the pictures of the 1906 Bud Dajo massacre in Sulu he showed during the recent East Asia Summit meeting in Laos, one of the engagements of ASEAN with the US and other dialogue partners during the ASEAN Summit.
According to Duterte, it does not matter whether the massacre happened more than a hundred years ago as long as it is still fresh in the memory of the Muslims.
"To the Moro, it just happened yesterday. So puputok ito ng puputok," he added.
Fifteen people died and at least 60 others were injured in a deadly explosion in a night market in Davao City on September 2.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to file multiple murder complaints Wednesday against a primary suspect and six other people tagged in the September 2 bombing of Davao City.
The seven suspects were identified by the victims of the deadly explosion, Davao City police chief, Senior Superintendent Michael John Dubria said.
"We have substantial affidavits ready for filing of the case," Dubria said in a press conference with other security units.
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