National Security Adviser Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. assured the general public that martial law was simply a device not to suppress freedom however to stop terrorists from turning Marawi into an ISIS-stronghold like Mosul, Iraq.
“Martial Law is a just a tool, only for 60 days,” Esperon mentioned in a discussion board Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on Thursday.
“We are now fighting a different thing — violent extremism. We have to employ the military to suppress violence in Marawi, because it could be another Mosul (Iraq),” Esperon mentioned.
“We have to put control to all of these things,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao after the Maute group, backed by Abu Sayaff and ISIS terrorists, took over Marawi City.
Esperon mentioned Duterte’s motion was no totally different from then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “decisive move” to declare martial law in November 2009 to suppress lawless violence in Maguindanao within the aftermath of the Maguindanao bloodbath which claimed the lives of 58 civilians, together with 15 ladies and 28 media practitioners in Ampatuan city, Maguindanao.
He famous that similar to Duterte, who grew up in Davao City, Arroyo was aware of Mindanao affairs having been raised in Iligan City,
Esperon, Arroyo’s former Chief of Staff, had served in Mindanao for 10 years and based mostly on his expertise, the area’s residents had been principally cooperative.
Esperon mentioned that Mindanao ought to not be thought of because the “backdoor” of Southern Philippines, however the “gateway” to the Muslim world.(PTR/PNA)