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.
If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).
To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.
Sign up to get breaking news alerts from Dennis Michael Lynch.
Iran Makes Statement on Nuke Deal