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    LOOK: Drugs funding terrorism — President Duterte

    “We are in a delicate state in Mindanao.”

    This was the claim of President Rodrigo Duterte in his speech given Wednesday. Duterte, according to an article published in Manila Standard, insisted that the situation in the region is already at its critical level after he declared martial law.

    In the same speech, still according to Manila Standard, Duterte warned that “as a precautionary measure” in Visayas, he is willing to impose the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus. This is in lieu to the possibility of terror attacks infiltrating the region.

    “That is just a precautionary measure. I don’t think it will happen. I hope it will not happen. But if it does, we must be ready. There is no middle ground here. We are not talking about an ordinary police operation,” claimed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

    One of the major points President Duterte discussed in the said speech was the assumption that drug money is backing up the series of terrorist attacks by several extremists group in Mindanao.

    “We allowed drugs to flourish. So there was a time and until now that the terrorism activities in the Philippines are funded and fueled by drug money. We know there’s not much support coming from ISIS in the Middle East,” said President Duterte.

    The President, according to Manila Standard, said that “they were able to intercept transactions between foreign terrorists and their local counterparts, including that of Police Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza, who is said to be romantically linked to a member of the Abu Sayyaf.”

    President Duterte further said that Police Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza “had been a recipient of a huge amount of drug money” and was arrested in Bohol while “attempting to rescue a member of the Abu Sayyaf.”

    The allegations made by the president came up after “lawmakers said that a company that was processing health certifications of Kuwait-bound Filipino workers was also funding the Maute terrorist group,” claimed Manila Standard article.

    The article also introduced a certain Hussein Al-Dhafiri who is a “suspected Islamic State member who was arrested in Taguig in March and deported back to Kuwait in April, owns the Winston Q8 clinic reportedly supporting the ISIS threats in the country.”

    In a press conference, Danilo Suarez who is a current House Minority Leader, claimed that:

    “Before the [Kuwait] embassy considers an applicant, the physical test should be certified by a certain clinic. The clinic is Winston Q8. Apparently, one of the owners of this company is involved with ISIS.”

    This was reinforced by the statement coming from ACTS-OFW Party-List, Aniceto Bertiz, claiming that:

    “They collect P5,483 as [fee for the] clearing of medical certifications, plus P4,000 courier fee. P240 million a month, operating for a period of eight months. More or less they have P1 billion in cash.”

    According to military intelligence, “Al-Dhafiri’s wife Rahaf Zina is the widow of Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti, the second highest ISIS leader in Syria who was earlier killed in combat. She then remarried within the terror group.”

    Meanwhile, Ronald dela Rosa, Philippine National Police chief has claimed that the Maute group is “allegedly” protecting drug lords as early as last year.

    “Even before July 1, when I assumed my post and announced that drug lords should surrender, we received information that a majority of drug lords here in Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas went to Marawi to hold a ‘drug summit.’ And they were protected by the Maute group and narco-politicians,” speculated Dela Rosa.

    Dela Rosa even emphasized the alleged “mutual” protection and support between the Maute group and narcopoliticians.

    The said article published in Manila Standard.Net by two writers, John Paolo Bencito nd Rey E. Requeio, was published earlier today and contains information regarding the government’s planned actions to address the ongoing and worsening Marawi and Mindanao crisis.

    Source: Manila Standard
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