Duterte clarifies ISIS statement

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday retracted his statement that there are young Dabawenyos who were recruited to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

"I said may nag bulong sa akin, ayaw ko sabihin kung sino, na may mga young Muslim guys na pupunta ng Middle East kasi makipagsapalaran sa gyera. I did not say they will join ISIS. I said takot ako baka mapunta doon because this is an extremist group," Duterte said in an interview on Monday.

[READ: Duterte confirms: ISIS recruits some Dabawenyos]

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During his Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa show on Sunday, Duterte said there were young Davaoeños who were on their way to Middle East to join ISIS.

"Mabalaka ko ba. I am not condemning anybody here. But maluoy ko sa mga muadto didto. Ok man siguro na sa iya pero kita nga isig katao niya, maguol. They are driven with set of values or find satisfaction," he said during the Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

However, Dutere clarified that he never said the young Muslims were there to join the ISIS.

He said he is worried these young Muslims might bring the "technology and terror" in the country.

"Pag inimport dito yan, medyo magkakaproblema tayo," he said.

Meanwhile, Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), said they are now validating these reports.

Duterte refused to elaborate on the identities of the young Muslims and even the source of the information.

"I'm not willing to talk about it," he said.

It was former President Fidel V. Ramos who initially revealed that about 100 Filipino Muslims "have already infiltrated Iraq to undergo training to return and be jihadists or militants."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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