President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has warned the Abu Sayyaf Group that he “would have to confront” it “one of these days” as he ordered a stop to its kidnapping activities.
Speaking at the live broadcast of the turnover ceremonies of the Davao City police, Duterte said: “Their [the Abu Sayyaf] kidnapping must stop. It has given us a very bad image.”
Duterte added that he doesn’t want to fight with anybody but that there has to be “a time for reckoning”.
Duterte made the warning as he announced that the Moro extremist group freed Marites Flor on Friday, June 24, after she was kidnapped in late 2015, along with two Canadians and a Norwegian.
The Abu Sayyaf beheaded John Ridsdel and Robert Hall separately after authorities failed to pay its ransom demand.
Duterte himself called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express his condolences.
At the same time, Duterte warned Muslims not to join the Abu Sayyaf.
Duterte said: “If I can accommodate all the Moro people walang problema sakin but avoid being member of that Abu Sayyaf.”
(If I can accommodate all the Moro people, there is no problem with me but avoid being a member of Abu Sayyaf.)
Duterte also credited his incoming Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza for successfully negotiating Flor’s release. Chrisheil Acal