Updated 17:45 PM PHT Fri, December 30, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Terrorists threatening the country are benefiting from the illegal drug trade, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
In a one-on-one interview with CNN Philippines Senior Anchor Pinky Webb on Thursday, Duterte said terror groups — specifically the Maute — are "driven by drugs."
The Maute group, considered as radical Islamists, was allegedly behind the bombing in a Davao City night market in September, which killed 15 people and injured dozens.
"They want money for their uprising. To sustain it. And they're (inaudible) drugs. We have terrorism, which is being fed with drugs," he said.
The President said the country is in the midst of a terror threat that is spreading through the country, even in Luzon.
"I was briefed by the military and the police, napakalawak talaga. Problem is it's connected with an international operations. It's everywhere," he said.