BAGUIO CITY, February 18, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte today ordered the military and police to continue operations aimed at neutralizing terror groups.
The President also instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to use “all available assets” to eliminate Islamic State-backed groups in the country, particularly in Mindanao.
Duterte was referring to the Abu Sayyaf Group and Maute Group, which claim support from the Islamic State.
The President made the statement during the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) homecoming celebrations at Fort del Pilar here where he was guest-of-honor and speaker.
In the same speech, he also reported that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was severely wounded in a series of military operations in Lanao del Sur. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)