Former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. has defended the military airstrikes launched towards Maute terrorists, saying such motion is “a legitimate tool” to neutralize the enemy.
Teodoro, in a post on Facebook, stated the general public ought to as an alternative condemn the “real menace” perpetrated by the Maute group in Marawi City.
“The real menace is the fact that the Maute gang takes refuge in dwellings and other urban locations, use rocket propelled grenades without regard to surroundings, ieds, snipe at civilians, rob, pillage, murder, and terrorize! This is the threat faced. This is what must be condemned!” he stated.
Teodoro stated military airstrikes do not solely neutralize targets but additionally defend troopers from higher hurt.
“It also helps to end engagements quicker rather than prolonging fighting. It is a legitimate tool at the disposal of government forces when the engagement commander determines that its use is appropriate and reasonable given the level of the threat faced,” he stated.
He stated any injury to property is an unlucky consequence not solely of airstrikes however of any weapon. “Yet we must ask what piece of property is worth the life of a single soldier?” he stated.
On the opposite hand the true menace is the truth that the Maute gang takes refuge in dwellings and different city places, use rocket propelled grenades with out regard to environment, ieds, snipe at civilians, rob, pillage, homicide, and terrorize! This is the risk confronted. This is what should be condemned!”