Aquino stands with Obama in fight against ISIS

By Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 25, 2014

NEW YORK – As U.S. President Barack Obama calls on the world to join in the American-led military campaign against ISIS, the Philippines appears ready to stand up and be counted.

“Of course, we want to do something doable and within our capabilities without posing undue risks through their forces or the country at large,” said Aquino.

Albert Del Rosario was scheduled to meet in New York with State Department officials to discuss the U.S. led airstrikes in Syria, which have entered their second day.

“Secretary of Foreign Affairs is meeting with some State Department officials to get more details exactly if they are asking for assistance,” said Aquino, “And what manner of assistance – what is the assistance they are asking from us actually, which we will review.”

Aquino’s support for Obama’s action against ISIS is reminiscent of his predecessor Gloria Arroyo, who signed up the country to George Bush’s “Coalition of the Willing” against Iraq in 2003.

Aquino’s stance comes after reports that about a hundred young Filipinos from Mindanao have left to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria. However, the president downplays fears, ISIS has extended its reach to the Philippines.

“ISIS is still parang same groups yung pinoproblema natin – Abu Sayyaf,” said Aquino, “Baka yung BIFF are doing basically the same things, but now attributing it to their joining ISIS, which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ISIS.”

Still, Aquino assures the safety of Pope Francis in his visit to the Philippines January – following threats of assassination from the Islamic extremists – as Vatican Head of State visit as well as on an apostolic mission.

The Pope will be secured by the presidential security group.

“We’re not going into details,” said PNoy. “Kung ano yung ina-afford sa akin ng PSG na effort, I want to see them double the effort, especially for the head of the Holy Mother Church. There shouldn’t be any incident while he’s in our country.”

In 1995, authorities revealed a foiled plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines.

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  • cat_idiot
    26 September 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    d kailangan ng US yun INUTIL n katulad mo……yun sarili mo nga bakuran d mo maayos, ABNORMAL ka talaga………