DUTERTE’S GREATEST FEAR: Philippines becoming another Iraq, Syria
Duterte admits praying country is spared from ISIS attacks
With the bloody siege of Marawi City and the recent suicide bombings in Mindanao at the background, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday admitted that he continues to pray to God to spare the Philippines from possible attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
ISIS is really making me feel nervous, Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of newly-appointed officials in Malacañan Palace on August 5.
A day after Duterte voiced his fears that followed a leaked military intelligence hinting presence of ISIS and its local allies in Northern Luzon, the police ordered an alert over possible terrorist attacks in the area.
The Middle East-based international terrorist group ISIS backed the 2017 six-month siege of Marawi City, the country’s Muslim capital city in western Mindanao, by local terrorists led by the Maute Group, one of the country’s terror groups based in the souther island of Mindanao.
I am not a person easily swayed by terrorists but the bombing attack) makes you spectators of the international scene, he added.
Duterte said what he feared the most is seeing scores of innocent people killed just like in Iraq and Syria.
What I’m really afraid of is just like in Iraq, Syria. There will be many innocent people killed, said Duterte.
I’m praying, I really pray, I really kneel to God to spare us the kind of brutality and cruelty in our country because it will really be bloody, bloody as it can ever be, he added.(with PNA report)