Philippine President Duterte’s Motorcade Attacked by Militants

By Sputnik News

An ambush victim air lifted to safety © REUTERS/ Armed Forces of the Philippines
An ambush victim air lifted to safety © REUTERS/ Armed Forces of the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bodyguards on Tuesday were injured in a militants’ attack on the presindential convoy.

Seven Duterte’s bodyguards and two soldiers were injured in an attack by suspected Islamist militants ahead of his planned visit to the south of the country, AFP reported citing the president and the Armed Forces.

“My advance party was ambushed a while ago. The Presidential Security Group was hit by an IED [improvised explosive device],” Duterte said.

On Monday, Pres. Duterte warned that if Daesh terrorists are driven out of Syria and Iraq to Philippines he would ignore human rights obligations to keep his people safe.

“Once the terrorists of the Middle East are deprived of the territory, the territory where they can sleep… they will wander to other places and they will come here and we have to prepare for that,” Duterte said during a speech at a law enforcement agency, as quoted by Reuters.

“Remember, these guys, they do not have an iota of what is human rights, believe me. I will not just simply allow my people to be slaughtered for the sake of human rights, that’s bullsh*t,” the president added.

According to the Philippine Defense Ministry’s spokesman, a bomb hit the soldiers’ convoy in the region where the Maute militant group that had pledged allegiance to Daesh operated.

“But I’m going there. The advice was to postpone it [the visit], but I said no. We are taking the same route if possible,” Duterte said.

As a result of the attack in the city of Marawi, local soldiers and presidential communication office’s staff members were also wounded.

Currently, the Philippine forces conduct an operation in the Lanao del Sur province against 300 armed militants of the Maute group, which have gained control over several districts of the city of Butig.

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