‘NOT TERRORISTS’ | Alejano hits back at Duterte for likening Magdalo to ISIS
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November 18, 2018 – Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Saturday hits back at President Rodrigo Duterte for likening their group to Islamic State terrorists (ISIS).
This, came after Duterte friday night told right before the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea to be “careful” with the Magdalo group.
“Iyang partidong Magdalo. Ito ‘yung mga rebeldeng sundalo na nagkalat diyan sa Makati pati sa Peninsula. And they destroyed everything, parang ISIS ang mga buang,” Duterte said in his speech.
Alejano, meanwhile, defended their group saying “the Magdalo are not terrorists,” contrary to what the president said.
“It is extremely flippant and utterly disrespectful for the President to liken us to terrorists. Being former soldiers, we have risked our lives on many occasion to fight terrorists and protect our country from enemies of the state,” said Alejano.
The Party-list representative also added that what led them in staging the Oakwood and Manila Peninsula “protests” were when they saw the first-hand poverty in different parts of the country, and the “corrupt” activities of the government and military officials.
“I do not expect our transactional President, who sells our territory to China and betrays our country, to understand such values of patriotism and nationalism,” Alejano expressed.
“I hope that the President would give dignity to the office. Filipinos, regardless of political affiliation, want to be represented in the international stage by a true leader who acts and speaks accordingly and who they could be proud of,” he concluded.
Last Wednesday, President Duterte received barbs for taking “power naps” and skipping some Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit events in Singapore.
Duterte was set to return to the Philippines late Saturday night cutting his Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit trip in Papua New Guinea, but the Palace early Sunday morning announced that the president chose to stay and finish attending other APEC events.