The administration’s war on drugs may not be over yet, but there’s another battle shaping up in the horizon.
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to issue a statement on terrorism, he announced Friday (Dec. 2).
In his speech at the closing ceremony of a motorcycle riding course in Davao City, Duterte told the audience to be prepared about terrorism.
“Then I’d like to warn you in the coming days. We will be facing a serious problem, aside from drugs. Okay na ‘yung drugs. Hayaan mo na lang ‘yung mga operating units,” he said.
“But be prepared for something else, it’s terrorism. It will come and I will make the statement after I shall have gone back to Manila to confer– Medyo ano talaga tayo… be prepared,” the President added.
Duterte said the threat of terrorism could persist way into the next two to three years, with efforts to combat it requiring “so many human intelligence.”
However, he said he’s determined to talk to “everybody,” including Moro rebels because he doesn’t want war to break out.
“Hindi naman sana ma-offend ang military, but that is really the best solution there [unclear] lang muna tayo. Wala naman tayong magawa eh. I said we cannot wage war against our own people. And you cannot build a government over the bones of the soldiers and the rebels,” he said.