Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unknowingly helped increase the morale of troopers when he miscalculated the strength of the Maute extremist group.
Sen. Tito Sotto careworn this level amid the admission of Lorenzana that he underestimated the variety of the Maute terrorists who seized Marawi City on May 23.
“I’d rather think na okey naman kasi Sec. Lorenzana is very honest and very sincere. Tama talaga ‘yung reading natin sa kanya nuong siya ay in-approve namin sa Commission on Appointments,” he stated.
“Ngayon, the glass is half-empty or half-filled. Depende sa tingin mo. Maaari sabi ng iba baka na-underestimate. Ako, sa tingin ko
na overconfident,” Sotto stated.
He added, “Kasi ‘yung troops mo kung overconfident malalakas ang loob eh (para lumaban). It could be a mistake. It could be underestimation.”
“P’wede rin na confident eh. (Maaari, naisip ng tropa) ‘Eh, kahit na ba eh. Kaya namin kayo.’ Parang ganun eh,” Sotto stated.
Asked whether or not he’ll name the eye of Lorenzana for his obvious miscalculation, Sotto stated, “I will not do that. Naiintindihan ko ang sitwasyon eh.”