Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised that if he was elected president, he wouldn’t tolerate terrorism, and after ISIS reared its ugly head he’s making good on what he said.
The controversial politician issued a warning to any and all potential terrorists in the wake of Islamic State-linked fighters beheading a police chief and staging a mass prison break – fight us and die.
Breitbart News is reporting that Duterte is tired of ISIS destroying countries, so if they believe they should die for their cause, he’s instructed his law enforcement to oblige them. Not only that, he’s about to allow civilians with legally-purchased firearms to do the same.
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to expand a 60-day state of emergency in southern Mindanao to the whole country should the Maute group, a terrorist organization that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), expand its killing spree beyond the island.
Duterte, who arrived home from an abbreviated trip to Russia Wednesday, elaborated on the implications of martial law on the island. The president suspended the writ of habeas corpus and announced that police would no longer require a warrant on the island to arrest anyone suspected of being a member of the terrorist group.
“Checkpoints will be allowed. Searches will be allowed. Arrest without a warrant will be allowed in Mindanao,” Duterte explained. “And I do not need to secure any search warrant or a warrant of arrest. If you are identified positively on the other side, you can be arrested and detained.”
“Anyone caught possessing a gun and confronting us with violence, my orders are shoot to kill. I will not hesitate to do it,” he vowed. “If I think that you should die, you will die. If you fight us, you will die. If there is an open defiance, you will die.”
“Anyone now holding a gun, confronting government with violence, my orders are spare no one, let us solve the problems of Mindanao once and for all. Do not force my hands into it,” he added. Duterte added that he was mulling an order to allow civilians to use their legally purchased guns against Maute terrorists and carry them publicly to deter violence.
Duterte added the rare warning that he would not allow police to abuse human rights with impunity. “I will assure you I am not willing to allow abuses. Government is still running, the Congress is functioning, and the courts are open for citizens to seek grievance,” he assured residents.
Say what you will about the man, but he’s not messing around with terrorists, and his country will likely become a better place for it. ISIS has run amok for nearly a decade and it’s going to take swift and severe actions to finally stop them, which Duterte seems more than willing to do in order to eradicate the evil from his nation.
While nobody would ever condone human rights abuses, sometimes it’s necessary to fight fire with fire. Since ISIS has declared war on the West it’s only reasonable that Western nations respond in kind.