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Duterte on Abu Sayyaf: Bankrupt na, kurakot pa!

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By Prince Golez

In his speech before newly appointed government officials on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte regarded the members of the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group, an al-Qaida-linked group, as “most bankrupt” and “corrupt.”

“Itong mga Abu Sayyaf who are with the ISIS. Ito ‘yung pinaka bankrupt na – it’s a bankrupt and a corrupt,” Duterte said.

The chief executive said he does not understand the ideology of the group.

“I don’t know what ideology. And it knows nothing except to kill and destroy. This is the long-term problem for everybody, all over the world,” he added.

The May 2017 militant siege in Marawi City was led by Maute and Abu Sayyaf group, who has pledged alleged to Islamic State. The five-month battle between the government troops and Islamic rebels claimed more than 1,000 lives.