With the Marawi City siege on it its 83rd day Monday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admitted that poor intel of protection and army officers was the primary cause for failing to stop the siege.
“The Marawi incident (which erupted last May 23) taught us a lot of lessons. First, we have to re-study and improve our intelligence capability,” DLorenzana mentioned over the weekend, as he welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to search and improve intelligence funds by 2018.
“We are going to present our budget, and we’re going to ask our Congress to increase our intelligence budget,” he mentioned.
If granted, the DND would spend a number of the cash to purchase CCTVs that may very well be put in at point-of-entries; drones that might take footage day and evening; and facial recognition techniques to develop a database of “bad people,” Lorenzana mentioned.
Lorenzana mentioned the army wanted extra coaching in city warfare, citing difficulties in neutralizing Maute Group terrorists who opted to entrench themselves in homes and buildings.
“We are looking into this (matter), we will do this, definitely. In fact, we have several offers from different countries (to train our soldiers) in urban warfare,” Lorenzana mentioned.
Lorenzana additionally sees the necessity for a stronger reserve power to again up the common items in their safety and different roles.
“We should also have a stronger reserve force that is well-trained, adequately equipped and mission-ready,” he added.
He additionally referred to as on the general public to be extra vigilant and report suspicious-looking acts or people in their communities. (PNA)