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Duterte admits gov’t not prepared to address terrorist-related kidnapping: This will go on and on and on

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte warned foreigners anew against traveling to Zamboanga because of terrorist activity and threat of kidnapping in the province.

“So kung wala tayong… Baka hindi kayo makapunta ng Zamboanga without being kidnapped. There’s a lot of foreigners investing their money. Alam naman nila sinabi natin, ‘Do not go to these places because we are, at this time, incapable of protecting everybody’,” Duterte said in a speech.

The President acknowledged that the Philippines is not prepared for any potential terrorist attack.

“Ewan ko naman itong mga puti, ‘yung mag-retire. Karamihan niyan matanda. Ah ‘yun ma-kidnap. So hindi — hindi pa tayo preparado eh. And this will go on and on and on,” he added.

Early this month, British national Allan Hyrons and his wife, Wilma were taken by unidentified gunmen from a beach resort in the coastal town of Tukuran

The military Western Mindanao Command has created a joint task force to rescue the kidnapped couple.

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