Basilan bishop backs Duterte order to ‘destroy’ Abu Sayyaf
A Catholic bishop expressed his disdain over the Abu Sayyaf’s beheading of its 18-year-old captive.
Radyo Inquirer 990 AM reported that Basilan-based prelate Martin Jumoad angrily condemned the Islamist group for decapitating Patrick Almodovar last week, after his family failed to come up with the P1 million ransom money.
Jumoad insisted that the military should aggressively pursue the perpetrators whom he labelled as “terrorists.”
The bishop even said he would understand the need for bloodshed as means for self-defense in case members of the Abu Sayyaf refuse to willingly give themselves up and instead resort to violence.
Jumoad said that terrorism has been a major problem in the country since 1990, and added that he hopes that the military would follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s order “to kill” and “destroy” the bandit group. With a report from Ricky Brosas, Radyo Inquirer 990 AM/IDL
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