Drug lord teams up with ISIS allies to kill Bato, Duterte

Drug lord teams up with ISIS allies to kill Bato, Duterte

- PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa claimed that he and President Duterte are targets of a kill plot masterminded by a “drug mayor” who is working with a terror group with ties to ISIS

- Dela Rosa refused to reveal the name of the “drug mayor” but said that the suspect is planning to kill him and the President through an IED (improvised explosive device)

- Bato pointed out that he will not tighten his personal security because he is not afraid of dying

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa claimed on Wednesday that he and President Rodrigo Duterte are targets of an assassination plot headed by a big-time drug lord who is working with terror groups with allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to the PNP chief, the drug lord is an incumbent mayor from Mindanao who wants to put a stop to Duterte’s aggressive drug war.

Drug lord teams up with ISIS allies to kill Bato, Duterte

Duterte, Bato

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"Mayroong intelligence report na nakakarating sa atin na allegedly, mayroong isang mayor na identified na drug lord na nag-o-offer ng pera sa mga personalities identified with armed groups dito sa Mindanao na nag-pledge allegiance sa ISIS para titirahan kami ni President Duterte," Dela Rosa revealed.

(We have received an intelligence report saying that there is a mayor identified as a drug lord who is allegedly offering money to personalities identified with armed groups in Mindanao that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, in order to assassinate me and President Duterte.)

The PNP chief declined to disclose who the alleged drug mayor is but he revealed which weapon they are planning to use to kill him and the President.

"Iyung mga IED (improvised explosive device) ang gagamitin daw,” Bato said.

(They will allegedly use IED.)

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Dela Rosa said that the PNP has asked the Army to help them capture the suspected drug lord mayor. However, Bato said that the location of the mayor poses a serious complication for a police and military offensive. For this reason, the PNP chief said that they have to take extreme caution in trying to capture the mayor.

The PNP chief added that he will not increase his personal security because he is not afraid of dying.

"Hindi ako takot mamatay anytime. Bahala na si Lord sa akin," he said.

(I am not afraid of dying anytime. My life is in the hands of the Lord.)

A terror group in Mindanao which has pledged allegiance to the ISIS is the Abu Sayyaf Group. However, security experts say that the bandits are more interested in raising funds through their terror activities rather than spreading ISIS ideology. – Kami Media

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