11 Aug Duterte Fears ISIS Entry in the Philippines With the Presence of “Arab Missionaries” in Mindanao
During his visit at Camp Sang-an in Labangan town in Zamboanga del Sur afternoon of August 10, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he had noticed a number of Arabs who are in Mindanao as missionaries. He also expressed his fear over what he designated an emerging crisis, the “ISIS disease.”
“I see a looming problem, three to seven years from now, we will have a problem on ISIS,” the president said. “Some parts of the islands of Mindanao, there are white people. I suppose they are Arabs, and they are here as missionaries. They are not armed, but they are here for indoctrination, that’s what I’m afraid of.”
Duterte compared the existence of the Arab missionaries as hat of the political officers of communist movement who enter communities in order to brainwash residents, describing ISIS an infectious disease that could corrupt the Moro rebel groups. Duterte then mentioned about this country’s problem with Muslim insurgency “and we have to address them before they get contaminated by the ISIS disease.”
“There is something wrong in their minds, and about killing people and without question or reason. Women who refused to have sex with them, they burn them. They burn people to death without any reason at all,” Duterte finally added.
Repeatedly, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said ISIS does not exist in the country.