Defense chief says US troops not 'high-value targets' of terrorists | Global News
Close  

Defense chief says US troops not ‘high-value targets’ of terrorists

/ 11:48 AM September 14, 2016

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday refuted President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that US troops are high-value targets of terrorists in Mindanao.

During the House of Representatives appropriations committee hearing the Department of National Defense’s (DND) proposed P178.2 billion budget in 2017, Lorenzana said US forces in Mindanao, where they help Filipino troops on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance , were equipped enough to protect themselves from bandit groups.

ADVERTISEMENT

Duterte had called for the pull-out of American troops in Mindanao warning that they may be subjected to reprisal by the Moro given the island region’s history of American brutalities during the 1900’s pacification campaign.

READ: Duterte: US forces must go

FEATURED STORIES

“
Yung mga fears ni Presidente that they night be subjected to reprisal of the Muslims, hindi naman siguro mangyayari yun,” Lorenzana said.

(The President’s fears that they might be subjected to reprisal of the Muslims, that seems improbable.)

He added that US troops were only based in military camps, and when they go out to Manila or for vacations they are usually well-armed.

“Nasa kampo lang sila (They just stay in the camps). They won’t go out of their camps mag-isa lang sila (They won’t leave their camps alone), or they’re also armed,” Lorenzana said.

“Let’s remember, these people are also combatants. They are not civilians subject to kidnapping by terrorists,” he added. CDG

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: American troops, Defense, Delfin Lorenzana, Department of National Defense's (DND), Mindanao, Rodrigo Duterte, terrorists, troops, US
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.