Lawmakers might play an essential position in serving to stem an alleged looming terrorist threat, Sen. Panfilo Lacson stated Wednesday.
In an interview with media, Lacson stated lawmakers can help move the price range offering for extra troops – as many as 20,000 troopers and 10,000 policemen.
“In terms of legislation, we’re willing to help. Like increasing the troop ceiling ng AFP at ng PNP. Kasi alam din naman natin ang troops in Marawi could be battle-weary already. Kasi ang description nga ng president, they’re all bone-weary now. Parang pagod na pagod na, kasi imagine more than two months na sila nakikipagbakbakan doon, relyebuhan nga sila. But then they go back even after being wounded. They still volunteer to go back,” he stated.
He stated there may be want for “fresh legs” and lawmakers can fast-track laws for a price range to enhance the troop ceiling.
But he additionally famous there’s a problem of recruitment and coaching, which for Scout Rangers might take two years and one yr for the Special Action Force.
Lacson stated that when President Duterte sought the help of lawmakers throughout Tuesday’s assembly at Malacanang, he didn’t see the necessity to ask for extra particulars.
“When it’s the commander-in-chief who says may new threats we better believe him because ang sources of intelligence information niya marami di ba? So we did not question anymore. We did not ask for details anymore. Suffice to hear from him na may threat. And it’s enough for us to pledge support in terms of ma-improve ang security natin,” he stated.