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After Marawi, Duterte Says He Will Target Islamic Groups Next

After Marawi, Duterte Says He Will Target Islamic Groups Next

| On 19, Oct 2017

Now that the terrorists in Marawi City are going down, President Rodrigo Duterte had instructed the military to target other terrorists in the country.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Eduardo Año said the government forces will target the remaining terrorists, including the Abu Sayyaf, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) by the end of the year.

“Our timeline is to finish all the Maute, ASG and BIFF until the end of 2017. So this will continue. There will be no let up. It’s about time to end these terrorists here in Mindanao,” said Año.

Año said the BIFF, which is a breakaway of the now-government-ally MILF would be an easier target.

“The BIFF threat is more on conducting bombings and some rampaging in some of our isolated communities. But they cannot take over, let’s say Cotabato City, General Santos City or any particular big municipality in Central Mindanao because our forces are strategically located and we have the M.I.L.F. cooperating with us,” he said.

“If we go and run after them and focus our operation there, it would be easier than the Marawi operations.”

Año said by the end of 2018, there will be no more CPP-NPA in the country.

“Gusto nating mangyari, sa katapusan ng 2018, wala nang CPP-NPA kahit isa, sa buong Pilipinas,” Año said.

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