The government is not yet keen on asking the assistance of the Muslim rebel groups in the campaign against the Abu Sayyaf Group in the country.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said the police and military are capable of doing their job in addressing the terror threat following the night market explosion in Davao City Friday.
“For now, the authorities that we have right now are tamang-tama lang, kayang-kaya nila ang trabaho,” Andanar said over government radio when asked if the President will tap the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front in the fight against the ASG terrorists.
“Sa ngayon ay may kapasidad ang Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines, ito na rin ay base sa declaration ng ating Pangulo, ang kanyang pag pronounce ng state of lawlessness,” he added.
At least 15 people were killed and dozens others were hurt after a powerful explosion hit the crowded night market in Davao City. The Abu Sayyaf Group, notorious for kidnappings and beheadings of hostages, claimed responsibility for the Friday bombing but authorities are still investigating the incident.
Shortly after the Davao attack, the President declared a state of lawlessness to mobilize the military to aid in suppressing terror and violence in the country.
Some groups, however, have expressed concern this might give rise to a repeat of the Martial Law abuses of the Marcos regime.
Andanar said the formal proclamation on the declaration of state of lawlessness was finalized Saturday night and would be released Sunday or early today.
Under the declaration, he said the military has been mobilized to help the police force in preventing or suppressing lawlessness and ensuring the safety of the people. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)