Monday, January 22, 2018

Di basta basta! AFP calls Maute group ‘a different breed’ of terrorists. Here’s why

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has asked the help of politikos and the public in going after members of the Maute group since they’re no ordinary kind of terrorists.

AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla on Monday (June 19) welcomed the move by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman to warn local politikos about possible movements by the Maute group in their turfs because it heightened the public’s awareness about the threat it poses.

‘The enemy we face right now is a different breed. And with the presence of foreign fighters in the area, a matter that we are trying to validate and prove based on whatever we recover from the field, is part of that continuing concern because they bring something different than those from local — from the local have been bringing,” Padilla said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

By “different,” the AFP official said members of the Maute group have been practicing atrocities similar to what have been committed by terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Despite the challenges of pursuing the Maute group, Padilla said the military can defeat them, especially if the public is cooperative.

“If we work together as one nation, as one people and unite, then it will be harder for them to take rule and we can eventually deal with them because these terrorists use low cost high impact means to effect terror,” he said.

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