The Philippine Star reports: “The Magdalo group on Saturday retaliated to President Rodrigo Duterte, who likened the band of rebel soldiers — some of whom are critical of him — to Islamic State terrorists. On Friday night, Duterte claimed the Magdalo, a group of rebel soldiers who accused former president Gloria Arroyo of corruption and demanded her resignation, are not capable of anything but kill and disrespect people. Arroyo is an old friend of Duterte. Duterte said Magdalo members are ‘buang (idiots)’ who operate like the Islamic State in the Middle East.
“‘While Mr. Duterte uses ‘buang (idiot)’ to malign people, special warriors from the [Armed Forces of the Philippines] are elated to be referred as such, Magdalos are no exception,’ the group said in a statement. ‘If the Magdalos are ‘buang’ because they stand up against corrupt officials and tyrants, then it is a badge of honor. We will just continue serving our people with no power naps during official duties,’ it added.”