The Philippines is the 4th largest Christian country on earth, with about 90% of the population being adherents. It is also one of two predominantly Roman Catholic nations in Asia (the other being East Timor), and is the third largest Catholic country in the world.
This has made the country a prime target for Islamic terrorists in the region, but President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to be intimidated by ISIS.
Tolerant Europe is falling to Muslim extremists every day, and Duterte is hoping that by adopting a tough stance, he will spare the Philippines from a similar fate.
Despite his efforts however, terrorism has just struck the Philippines in an extremely brutal way.
From The Daily Wire:
Rebels in the Philippines who claim links to ISIS beheaded a police chief on the island of Mindanao while seizing a Catholic priest and his churchgoers, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to return from a visit to Moscow and institute martial law for 60 days on the island. Duterte stated, “If I think that you should die, you will die. If you fight us, you will die. If there is open defiance, you will die. And if it means many people dying, so be it.”
While many would call President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements extreme, others are stating that this is no time for tact. This is war, and if ISIS isn’t going to play by the rules than neither should we.
The ISIS rebels launching their reign of terror on Mindanao are doing so because the government is cracking down on Isnilon Hapilon, a terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head.
A security raid of Hapilon’s compound failed to produce the leader of the militant group Abu Sayyaf, but the rebels are still retaliating by holding Rev. Chito Suganob and dozens of his parishioners hostage. If the government forces around them are not withdrawn, they are claiming that they will kill the hostages.
Duterte has vowed action, and is returning to his country to face this emergency head on.
“To my countrymen, do not be too scared. I’m going home. I will deal with the problem once I arrive.”
Source: The Daily Wire