Islamist militants and members of ISIS have been on a “kidnap-for-ransom” spree in the Philippines.
However, it all may come to a sudden halt now that President Rodrigo Duterte’s has ordered the military to bomb the kidnappers at all costs.
The president wants no bomb held back, even if it means the possibility of civilian deaths. Duterte says hostages who die in the bombings are collateral damage. “So better not get yourselves kidnapped,” Duterte said at a press conference.
Duterte also declared the possibility of implementing martial law: “I will declare martial law if I want to. No one will be able to stop me.”
Last year, two Canadian hostages were kidnapped and beheaded by the ISIS-associated Abu Sayyaf terror group when demands for millions of dollars in ransom were not met. The terrorist organization operates in southern Philippines.
In the last six months, Duterte’s hardcore crackdown on terrorism has left 5,700 people dead.
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