Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has requested Congress for additional funding in order to recruit 20,000 new soldiers. He made the request on the basis that they’re “greatly needed” to battle rising threats from Islamic State terrorists.
Duterte called an urgent meeting with a group of senators on last night, sharing with them the latest intelligence reports on plans by “Muslim extremists” to attack several cities on the southern island of Mindanao. “He wanted to relay to us that he needs 20,000 more soldiers for the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines.
He wants to make sure that in his tenure, he will be able to resolve the problem of peace and order,” Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto said. He also made the request for 10,000 additional police officers, and to recruit more commandos for the fight in Marawi.
The death toll, according to the Philippine government, has reached almost 700, with an estimated +300 being government troops. The civilian toll is likely to be high, but the government has been extremely tight lipped about that information.
Published by: The War Files