President Duterte bared a new safety threat in at the least three areas in Mindanao coming from the ISIS group as he moved to hunt their cooperation in ending the Marawi disaster.
“In the President’s briefing (on the security situation in Mindanao), it appears to be serious. That’s what he said,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon informed reporters in an interview.
“And he is looking for a closer regional cooperation in the neighboring countries, particularly Indonesia. He informed us of that renewed threat because the secretary of National Defense has requested for additional manpower and therefore that would require budgetary allocation,” Drilon additional mentioned.
The President has requested Congress leaders to applicable funds for the recruitment of further 20,000 troopers and extra 10,000 new members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Sonny Angara have been additionally current in the meeting however have been cautious in giving particulars of the meeting.
“He mentioned that there could be other planned attacks in Mindanao in other cities, he said. We’d rather not be alarmist so it’s better not to (mention the areas),” Angara mentioned.
They have been informed that some identified native terrorist teams are planning to merge forces to sow a new spherical of chaos in Mindanao, he mentioned.
Sotto mentioned Duterte relayed to them some intelligence experiences on the mentioned threat or potential drawback in Mindanao which may not be confined in Marawi alone.
“Based on the intel (intelligence information), may mga planong ganun sila (ISIS), na mag expand sa Mindanao. Baka maging mas malaking problema ito pag hindi natin na contain at hindi natin na address agad. That’s why I said i think the message of the President is he wants to nip it in the bud,” mentioned Sotto.
“We were all intently listening. (Seated) on my right was Sen. Drilon on my left was Cong. (Rodolfo) Farinas and Sen. Lacson and others. We were listening intently,” he mentioned.
Sotto mentioned they have been receptive to the request for cooperation of the President particularly on the matter of augmenting the wants of the AFP and PNP in phrases of further personnel.
“He told us because we’re also elected leaders and we should be concerned about the safety of the nation and so that we can take appropriate measures,” Angara added.
Other folks current in the mentioned meeting have been Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Richard Gordon and Gregorio Honasan.
Representing the decrease home have been Farinas and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.