By Prince Golez
Following the Global Terrorism Index 2018 report placing the Philippines 10th among terror-affected countries, Malacañang vowed the government is taking urgent action to prevent and combat terrorism.
“We are not taking terrorism lightly. Our goal is to totally eradicate rebellion by crushing it as well as by providing better services and opportunities for all to achieve a state where there would no longer be a need for any uprising or armed struggle,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Thursday.
Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the entire Mindanao and extended such declaration recently to address continuing threats in the region.
Duterte also issued Memorandum Order No. 32, ordering the deployment of government troops to Samar, Bicol, and Negros to suppress lawless violence in the areas.
Recently, the President directed the creation of a national task force, through Exeutive Order 70, to end local communist armed conflict in the country.
“Terrorism knows no time, geography or circumstances. No matter how prepared a country or its government is, damage will inevitably be incurred if terrorism befalls in a locality within its jurisdiction,” Panelo said.
“Reports, such as the one issued by the IEP, are among the reasons why peace and order remains a primordial concern of the President,” he also said.