Philippines remains safe, says Malacañang

February 03, 2019
Martin Andanar

“THE country is still a safe haven.”

So said Malacañang as it appealed to the public to cooperate with the security measures being implemented by security forces following the successive bombings in Mindanao in late January.

In his radio program aired over state-run Radyo Pilipinas, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said cooperation is the surest way to prevent such tragedy from happening again.

“Dapat ho ay kailangan alisto tayo lahat (We all need to be alert). We have to cooperate with our government,” Andanar said.

“We have to cooperate with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), we cooperate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and our local government units. Sapagkat that is the surest way na masiguro natin iyong ating kaligtasan (Because that is the surest way to ensure our safety),” he added.

A mosque in Zamboanga City was bombed recently, claiming the lives of two Muslim religious followers. The recent bombing occurred just days after the twin blasts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu which killed 21 people.

Recently, train managers in Metro Manila have banned bottled waters and other liquid materials on both lines of the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit as a security measure due to the bombing incidents.

The order to ban liquid materials and bottled waters in the trains came from the PNP and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Rail authorities advised its passengers to consume their bottled drinks before entering their stations, otherwise they will not be allowed in.

Despite the security measures, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo assured the public that the country is still safe and people can still continue with their daily activities.

He also said that there is no need for President Duterte to expand the coverage of martial law being implemented in Mindanao since the attack in Marawi City in May 2017.

“We would like to assure the general public that they can go about their normal activities. Our country is still a safe haven,” he said.

“There is no necessity for any expansion of martial law as the President has repeatedly declared,” he added, referring to the still effective martial law that was declared in Mindanao because of the attacks in Marawi City by pro-Islamic State terrorists.

He, however, said that the attacks are only more reason why martial law in Mindanao should not be lifted.

“Well, if there was no martial law there I’m certain it will not only be one or two as what happened during the Marawi incident,” he said.