'ISIS will ‘never gain foothold’ in Philippines' - Pres. Duterte

'ISIS will ‘never gain foothold’ in Philippines' - Pres. Duterte

They have no place in the Philippines.
This was the statement given by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during a speaking engagement in Jolo, Sulu commemorating Araw ng Kagitingan.
The  Islamic State extremists would "never" gain a foothold in the country, Duterte said.

Pres. Duterte during the Marawi seige (photo credit to owner)

Your efforts have brought us closer to our ultimate objective of totally crushing the violent extremism at its roots. With this, I can confidently declare that ISIS will never gain foothold anywhere in the Philippines," President Duterte said in a speech in Jolo.
"And I purposely . . . dito ako pumunta sa Araw ng Kagitingan. Lahat ng Pilipino deserves the title 'kagitingan.' But here in Jolo, yung pinaka . . . ang pinaka nandito. Kaya to the gallant men of Jolo, you have my everlasting gratitude for what you are doing to our country."
(All Filipinos deserve to be called valiant, but the most valiant ones are here in Jolo.)
"As your commander-in-chief, I salute you and give you honor to the valiant soldiers who were injured or who gave their lives during the recent military operations here in Sulu. Let me assure you that you have . . . the government continues to prioritize your welfare and that of your families," Duterte said.
Duterte also made the promise to release more funds for soldiers to ensure the welfare and well-being of their families.
"Kaya ako naman sinasabi ko, when you fight, I will protect you, the utmost. And lahat ng hiningi niyo ibinigay ko halos (I have given almost everything that you have asked for)," he said.

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