|A Philippines Air Force FA-50PH Fighter Aircraft (File Photo)|
By Alexis Romero
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to conduct “bombing runs” against terrorists in Mindanao to prevent them from entering the Visayas and to contain the influence of extremist group Islamic State (IS).
“We have a problem with terrorism. What looms very big ahead is the IS. They are coming in,” the president told reporters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Wednesday.
“Fighting is ongoing in Mindanao. As a matter of fact, we’ve been using the FA-50 jets on bombing runs,” he added.
Duterte said he expects a long-drawn war against terrorism, which he said is made more serious by the drug menace.
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