Wednesday, September 7, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to do a Hannibal Lecter if he comes face to face with the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in yet another grim warning against the bandits.
In yet another exaggeration to express his contempt for the notorious ISIS-affiliated terrorist cell who initially claimed but later denied responsibility for the Davao City blast that killed 14 people and injured more than 60 other last week, Duterte told a Filipino community gathering in Laos on Tuesday:
He also pleaded more time from the people to finally eradicate the ASG which is being blamed for the series of kidnappings and beheading of hostages in Mindanao over the past months.
At the same time, he warned Abu Sayyaf: “Sige lang, bomba lang kayo nang bomba. Pagdating ng panahon, kakainin ko kayo sa harap ng tao. I will devour you if I have to erase you.” He added he will stop at nothing until not a single coconut tree is standing in Sulu, the terrorist’s major hideout.
He said there is no other politicians at the moment capable of defeating the ASG other than him.
“Sinong p’wedeng mag-Presidente? Kaya nila ‘yan, kumain ng tao? Oo. Ako, pag galitin mo ako, sa totoo lang. I will eat you alive. Raw,” he said.
[Who else can be president? Can they eat humans too, like me? Yes, if you provoke me, I will eat you alive. Raw.]
The acid-tongued Duterte, known for his profanity-laden speeches and exaggerations, has recently earned the ire of US President Barack Obama whom he vowed to curse at if the latter raises the issue of war on drugs and extrajudicial killings in the ASEAN summit in Laos.
Duterte has since expressed regrets over his “strong comments” against Obama; saying it was not meant as a personal attack on the US leader.