Action star Steven Seagal in the Philippines.
PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BONG GO
MANILA – Action star Steven Seagal paid a surprise visit to Philippine troops in an army camp on Jolo island recently, telling soldiers he has a “formula” that can help them.
The Hard to Kill and Under Siege star joined Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a visit to the camp on Friday.
He was there to impart martial wisdom to soldiers fighting extremist group and Daesh-aligned Abu Sayyaf.
“I know you guys put your life on the line every day. I myself have done and will do the same thing so I understand this is serious business,” he told the soldiers.
Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for some of the worst terror attacks in the country’s history including mass kidnappings and deadly bombings. Some of its members took part in the five-month battle that devastated the southern city of Marawi this year.
“I believe there is a formula that can help the armed forces, the police, the intelligence network to combat this very, very well,” Seagal said.
“I am looking forward to discussing these things with President Duterte at a later time,” he added.
Seagal lectured the troops on how they would have to steel themselves for a lengthy war of attrition.
“I hope I can be involved with all of you in this war against all of these evil things,” he said.
A beaming Duterte praised Seagal, telling the troops “he is a soldier so he is on the same wavelength with you when he talks”.
Seagal apparently bonded with fellow tough-guy Duterte when they met in Manila in October. DAJ/Expat Media
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