ISIS terrorists have taken over Marawi, a city in southern Philippines and are on a killing spree to rid the area of non-Muslims.
Apparently, only 100+ Philippines were murdered for not being able to cite Islamic prayers.
“Extremists allied with Islamic State are believed to have executed Filipinos in a besieged southern city of the Philippines because they could not cite Islamic prayers, as the death toll from six days of fighting rose to 100, with dozens wounded,” writes The Sydney Morning Herald. “Residents who had fled the city told journalists the militants separated Christians and Muslims by those who could recite the prayers and took away those who could not.”
“The death toll is over 100…ALL Christians. Marawi City is only about 170 miles from where I live,” posted a reliable PunchingBag Post source on Facebook. “They kidnapped the police chief and catholic priest, beheaded both, burned down the school and church, then went from house to house, executing any who could not prove they were Muslim.”
Multiple media sources have reported different non-Muslim death toll numbers since the start of the takeover.
Last week, militants with ties to ISIS, took over government buildings, while setting fire to churches, schools and even prisons. A Philippine police chief was also allegedly beheaded.
The violence in Marawi erupted on Tuesday after the army raided the hide-out of Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who has pledged allegiance to IS. He is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture,” writes News.com.au. “The militants called for reinforcements and around 100 gunmen entered Marawi, a mostly Muslim city of 200,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.”
“We are in a state of emergency,” said Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines. “I have a serious problem in Mindanao and ISIS’ footprints are everywhere.”
Duterte also said he will ignore the Supreme Court and congress to impose martial law.
“Until the police and the armed forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue. I will not listen to others. The Supreme Court, congress, they are not here,” said Duterte to soldiers on Saturday. “Are they the ones dying and losing blood, bleeding, haemorrhaging because there is no help, no reinforcement? It’s not them.”
He has given the soldiers tremendous power.
“During martial law, your commanders, you, you can arrest any person, search any house. There is no more warrant needed,” said Duterte to troops.
The government information agency in the Philippines issued a contradicting statement saying “Warrants of arrest or search warrants should be issued” and that “No person may be arrested and detained without orders coming from these civil courts.”
Duterte’s government has conducted airstrikes against militant targets and is attempting to take back besieged city, apparently with any means necessary.
“The military is conducting precise, surgical operations to flush them out,” said Col. Jo-Ar Herrera to reporters. “The situation is very fluid and movements are dynamic because we wanted to out-step and out-maneuver them.”
Military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press Monday that the military was close to taking back Marawi.
“They wanted to show the world that there is an ISIS branch here which can inflict the kind of violence that has been seen in Syria and Iraq,” said Ano about the attack.
Editor’s note: President Duterte just mentioned in a speech that the terrorist were in party fueled by drug money. As a former intelligence officer I can tell you that with this revelation, Duterte’s strong moves in this area are well warranted. Its a potent combination, and can quickly take on the characteristics cancer. Colombia has been dominated by insurgents funded by narcotrafffickers for more than 30 years. Until recently much of the country was inaccessible to the government and effectively under narco rule. Mexico has a similar problem, well funded drug gangs rule certain areas notoriously, and Mexican authorities are at a loss to enforce the law or protect the people.
With this in mind, Duterte’s actions were correct. A weak response might very well have lost the whole island of Mindanao. The island still has problems, certainly, but things could get much worse.
P.S. In Duterte’s speech noted that the “rape joke” was a sarcastic remark, and that it wasn’t as bad and Clinton f#$king Lewinsky. I like this guy more an more…