MANILA — A Palace official on Thursday stressed that nothing would deter President Rodrigo Duterte in his war against drugs, crime and terrorism, not even by the constant threats to his life.
“Death threats are nothing new for President Duterte. He eats death threats for breakfast,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said during a press briefing in Malacañang.
The Palace official said that “the threats against Duterte are expected due to the unrelenting war he has waged against many fronts upon his assumption in office.”
Chiefly among them is his relentless war against illegal drugs – a war which reportedly earned Duterte a PHP 50 million bounty put up by drug gangs for his head.
Just this Thursday morning, the police reported that they had thwarted an assassination plot against Duterte after busting a suspected arms smuggling group that was supposed to sell gun parts to a group out to kill the President.
The ongoing war against the extremist Abu Sayyaf group – a terror group with Islamic State (IS) links that is operating in the hinterlands of Sulu and Basilan – is another cause of concern to the life of the President.
But despite all these, Malacañang said Duterte remains unfazed.
“He is well aware that his life is constantly under threat.. (but) the President seems to be pretty much untouched by all these threats. He is not worried,” the Presidential Spokesman said.
“He puts his life, his honor, the presidency on the line for his campaign. It’s a very heroic stand,” Abella said. Cielito Reganit/PNA/northboundasia.com