The Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to eat the Abu Sayyaf group jihadists alive after the hostages were found. The Filipino state is engaged in a multi-pronged struggle against terrorist groups.
“I’ll eat your liver if you want it.” Give me just salt and vinegar and I will eat it in front of you, “said Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte told reporters Abu Sayyaf on July 5 . The head of state was ulcerated by the discovery, on the same day, of two bodies of Vietnamese hostages decapitated on the island of Basilan.
Known for his verbal excesses , Rodrigo Duterte did not chew his words. “You want to be enslaved [by these people]? Son of a bitch. […] What are you trying to prove with these acts? You claim the name of Allah in vain? You use the name of God to kill people, “he added, quoted this time by the Philippine media GMA news .
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The Abu Sayyaf group is an Islamist terrorist organization that has been raging in the southern Philippines since the early 1990s. The group specializes in kidnappings, holding at least 26 hostages of various nationalities on the islands of Jolo and Basilan.
A faction of Abu Sayyaf, known as the Maute group and allegiance to the Islamic state, is also responsible for the attack on the Muslim city of Marawi on the island of Mindao. Despite a massive campaign of aerial bombardment and artillery fire, the army still has not managed to quell this jihadist uprising that has left more than 460 dead and nearly 400,000 displaced since May 23rd.