In a New York Times (NYT) article by one Richard Paddock, President Rodrigo Duterte is blamed for “ignoring the rise of ISIS” in the southern island of Mindanao, suggesting that the Philippine leader was too focused on his war on drugs.
A siege by the Maute terrorist group on Marawi City prompted Duterte to declare Martial Law in Mindanao at least for 60 days IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION.
Once again, NYT succumbed to sensationalism and the spread of hatred for leaders not of its liking. It failed to do its basic homework of research.
While NYT has often quoted Reuters in its stories about Duterte and the Philippines, it failed to google this 2016 article by the same news agency in which ex-President NoyNoy Aquino denied the existence of terrorist groups in the south.
So, now I ask: who ignored the rise of ISIS? And who’s doing something about it now?