By Lilian C. Mellejor
DAVAO CITY, September 20, 2016 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte has warned of another possible terrorist attack in Mindanao or in other parts of the country.
“There will be another explosion believe me,” Duterte said before a meeting Monday with the victims of the September 2 explosion at the Roxas night market in which 15 persons were killed and 69 others were injured.
The President met with the survivors and victims of the blast to extend assistance to them.
Duterte said young terrorists who identify themselves with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) still remember the atrocities of the past such as the 1906 Bud Dajo massacre.
“The young don’t belong to any organization, they are identified with the ISIS. They have sworn allegiance already to the Isis,” he said.
Atrocities against the Moro people in Mindanao may have happened decades ago but they remain as fresh as if they happened yesterday, he added.
Duterte also said he knew there would be an explosion in Davao City due to his all-out offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.
“I knew na puputok dito. Nung bakbakan na sa Sulu, alam ko (I knew there would be an explosion here. When there was already fighting in Sulu, I knew). No need to be Maute (member), an Abu Sayyaf,” he said. Maute is a Lanao del Sur-based group, while the Abu Sayyaf is based in Basilan and Sulu.
Duterte said the ISIS will continue to create atrocities anywhere in the world.
He said it would be “terribly wrong” to disregard the historical injustice because it is the reason there is so much hatred in Mindanao.
Duterte said the Bud Dajo incident remains fresh in the memory of the Muslims. “To the Moro, it just happened yesterday. So puputok ito nang puputok,” he added.
Duterte, however, vowed to work for a solution. He said the option now is to continue talking with all fronts until a formula for peace is found. (PNA)