Duterte described in detail how he would carry out his revenge for bombing on a night market in the country.
“They will pay. When the time comes, I will eat you in front of people,” Duterte said, addressing an audience including children while on a visit to Laos for a regional summit, AFP reported.
The statement comes in response to a bombing that took place at a crowded market in Duterte’s hometown, Davao City, which killed 14 people and injured 68 others. The government blamed Islamic State-linked militant group Abu Sayyaf for the blast.
The group, which is based on remote southern islands in the Philippines, pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in a 2014 video.
The group has been put on the list of terrorist organizations by the US, and has kidnapped foreigners for ransom and beheaded two Canadians in 2016.
The president didn’t mince his words when speaking of what he is planning to do with the militants, who are also accused of killing 15 local soldiers.
“I will really carve your torso open. Give me vinegar and salt and I will eat you. I’m not kidding,” Duterte said, as cited by AFP.
“These guys are beyond redemption,” he added.