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Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: 'I will eat you alive'

By Ed Adamczyk
Phillipine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened militant group Abu Sayyaf with revenge in a speech in Vientiane, Laos, after a bombing in Davao City, Philippines, killed at least 15 people. Photo courtesy Malacañang Photo Bureau
Phillipine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened militant group Abu Sayyaf with revenge in a speech in Vientiane, Laos, after a bombing in Davao City, Philippines, killed at least 15 people. Photo courtesy Malacañang Photo Bureau

VIENTIANE, Laos, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte used some explicit language in a vow to revenge a bombing that left 15 people dead, threatening to eat those responsible alive.

The outspoken leader, in Vientiane, Laos, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit conference, spoke about the terrorist bombing in Davao City, where he was mayor for 22 years before becoming president.

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The Abu Sayyaf Group, a Philippine-based, Islamic State-affiliated terrorist organization, is believed responsible for the incident, which also left 71 injured. Abu Sayyaf has claimed responsibility for the bombing and promised more if the Philippine army does not end its actions against the group.

"If I have to face them, you know I can eat humans. I will really open up your body. Just give me vinegar and salt, and I will eat you," the president told a audience of Vientiane's Filipino community Monday night. "That's true. If you annoy me to the fullest, I will eat you alive, raw,"

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Referring to the Abu Sayyaf, he added: "As we say it in Bisaya, 'Walay sukod sa balos' ['No amount of compensation']. "

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"Go ahead, stage bombings as you wish. When the time comes I will eat you in front of the people. I will devour you and if I have to, erase you."

Duterte called Davao City a relatively peaceful city, but Abu Sayyaf actions, which include bombings and kidnappings for ransom, are targeted at his country, and "As a [leader of a] sovereign state, I cannot simply allow that."

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Duterte is known for expletive-filled speeches. Comments earlier in the week about U.S. President Barack Obama led to cancellation of a planned meeting of Obama and Duterte. The Philippine president later said he regretted what he said in reference to his Obama meeting and said it wasn't personal.

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