According to Garrie, Pres. Rody Duterte is the only Filipino leader who is in the verge of creating peace in Mindanao and he is the only one who could possibly eradicate the illegal drugs in the country which could lead to lost in sources of income for the terrorist group.
The veteran author of The Duran explained that ISIS carried out their terrorist atrocities in Mindanao not only to conquer a certain city but also to destabalise the entire Philippines.
Here’s the 5 Possible Reasons Why ISIS Targeted the Philippines:
1. Duterte was on the verge of creating peace with Philippine Moros (Muslims)
According to the UK political commentator “Unlike the Philippine political elite, President Duterte is a native of Mindanao. He promised existing Muslim insurgent groups that in order to create a lasting peace which builds upon the 2014 Bangsamoro peace process, he would propose a federal structure for the country, thus giving all regions a measure of self-rule. Failing that, he promised to grant Muslim areas known as Bangsamoro, formal autonomy.
2. Duterte Has Shifted Historical Philippine Geo-political Alignments
Philippine President Rody Duterte has just visited the superpower Russian Federation under the leadership of his political idol, Pres. Vladimir Putin, which could lead to better ties as well as the President’s closer relationship with China.
“ISIS know full well that Russia has helped to thwart their advances in Syria. They saw another country they could create havoc in and they pounced.”
3. Duterte Targeted ISIS Drug Revenue
“ISIS have been rapidly monopolising the global narcotics trade from opium smuggling in Afghanistan (said to be worth £1 billion per year), to the European drugs network run by Albanian organised criminals to cultivating drug dealing networks in Africa and even Latin America.”
By targeting drugs in Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte was targeting one of the major cash cows of ISIS. ISIS clearly knows the value of the Dollar.
During the election campaign period until today, Pres. Duterte continued its war against illegal drugs which leads to mass surrenders of users, addicts and pushers numbering to more than a million individuals. Due to the President’s war on drugs, he is now considered as one of the prime target by the terrorist group.
4. Duterte Is A Democratic Man of The People
ISIS often finds success in appealing to the poor and those on the edges of society. The poverty that Philippines has suffered from due to years of corrupt government has created a population, particularly among existing Muslims, who are rife for exploitation.
If Duterte succeeded in making Philippines a more equal and fair society, ISIS would have a harder time selling their insane message to desperate and depressed young men.
5. ISIS Has Strange Bed Fellows
Just like in Syria, those opposing the moderate, secular government of Bashar al-Assad are a surreal combination of Wahhabist jihadists, liberal so-called ‘human rights’ advocates, globalists, neocons and corrupt regional regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Like Assad who remains highly popular among real Syrians, Duterte remains popular among real Filipinos. The same liberal NGOs who even before the arrival of ISIS hated Ba’athist Syria, had all ready descended on Duterte’s Philippines.
According to Garrie, the Liberals fired the first salvo in both wars, then ISIS came in to do the heavy fighting. Pres. Duterte is indeed a prime target all along.
Source: The Duran