Filipino veteran reacts to ISIS threats to attack U.S. military personnel

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 22, 2014

DALY CITY, Calif. – According to Fox News, a law enforcement bulletin warned that Islamic State fighters have made increased calls for jihadists to attack U.S. soldiers in America. They call these jihadists “lone wolves”, that they should find where these veterans live or work, and to “show up and slaughter them.”

President Barack Obama has made it clear that the U.S. will hunt down terrorists who threaten America and its citizens. His core principle of his presidency is “if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Some Filipino veterans and their families are already speaking out about being possible targets in the U.S.

27-year-old Ewart Bungo Jr. is a specialist in the Army Reserve and fought as part of the infantry during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2010 to 2011.

The news of him being targeted in America upsets him but he says that he is ready.

“If they want to do that they can do that,” said Bungo. “Just know that in America, veterans like me are already prepared. We’re prepping. We already know it’s going to go down and this is what we strive for, this is what we train for, basically. I already got weapons. I’m just ready to throw down and if they want to bring it then bring it. We’re ready.”

Bungo agrees with the president and doesn’t want to see any U.S. troops on the ground.

“Right now I don’t want any of our troops to deploy over there,” said Bungo. “I feel like we are the only ones doing anything around there. We don’t need to lose any more soldiers; just send more airstrikes.”

Bungo and his high school sweetheart Sandy have been married for five years. They have two children and are obviously concerned for their safety.

“It makes me feel really terrified knowing that my husband and other military personnel are a target here in the U.S.,” said Sandy.

She is also preparing herself in the event of an attack.

“I would be more aware of my surroundings and just make sure I’m safe everywhere, that I go and be prepared to fight back and protect myself and my family,” said Sandy.

Reports of threats to U.S. veterans have surfaced as early as late May, when Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, New York was arrested in a Walmart parking lot after an FBI informant offered to sell him weapons in which Elfgeeh allegedly wanted to use to kill returning American troops as well as Shiite Muslims in the region.

“I just want to say to all the veterans out there, in America just be ready and be prepared and stay safe,” said Bungo.

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  • Mario
    23 September 2014 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Obama send 3,000 soldiers to fight Ebola in Africa,not to fight ISIS.Onced they come back from Africa, some soldiers will be infected with Ebola. Then they will infect their fellow soldiers inside the military camp, infect friends and relative, the whole community, etc..Then American will stay away from our soldiers, they will not be respected as heroes anymore,but they will be hated as Ebola carrier. What a brilliant idea, simplest way to destroy the military.Recently, WH dumped 60,000 illegal kids that were infected with several diseases, check your Hospitals, it is flooded with kids sicked with EVD68 virus.This is the result on Democrat “Open border policy”, simplest way to destroy your children. Is this coincidental or intentional?

    • wil
      23 September 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

      Mario simply put …. You’re stupid!