By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang on Thursday assured that it is not taking the threat of terrorism lightly and reiterated that peace and order in the country remain key concerns of President Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after the Global Terrorism Index 2018 report by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) showed that the Philippines ranked 10th among countries most affected by terrorism.
“As one would expect, 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,” he said.
“Amid baseless denunciations by critics, we can assure our people that the President remains focused and steadfast in fulfilling his constitutional mandate to serve and protect the Filipino people,” he added.
Panelo said the President is treating peace and order as top priorities since terrorism can strike no matter how prepared a country is.
“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. (Manila Bulletin)