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Duterte warns of ‘very dangerous’ times ahead: Dapat handa ang sundalo at pulis!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte hopes to leave behind strong and well-armed military and police forces, saying he sees “a very dangerous times ahead.”

In his speech during the appreciation dinner for outgoing House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Duterte warned of a spillover of terror activities from the provinces of Sulu and Basilan.

The Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf, which is listed by the United States as a terrorist organization and known for its brutality, remains as the predominant local terrorist group in said provinces.

“So I would like at any other time, we have acquired so many armaments. And there were things, kakaunti na lang, which I hope that Congress would tide us over to complete the instruments that we need in dealing, especially with terrorism. I hope that by the time I make my exit nandiyan na lahat ‘yan because I am not belittling the events to come of the person coming in to be the next president,” the Chief Executive said.

“And I’d rather that I leave with a strong military and police and equipped to challenge the enemies of the state, especially terrorism. I see a very dangerous times ahead. And I hope that we will be able to contain whatever there is really to… But it… Lumalabas nga ‘yung pawis sa kamay ko just thinking about if it would go awry outside of Sulu and Basilan Islands. So that I said I must be prepared. And nabili naman na ako ‘yung mga kailangan but there are still a few things that I must have for my Armed Forces and the Police,” he added.

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