By Analou De Vera
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada assured that the country’s capital is safe from any domestic and international terrorism amid fears that the extremist group – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – has entered the Philippines.
Estrada said all efforts that could be done are being exerted to protect the 1.7-million people living within the city.
“Manila is safe as far as I’m concerned,” said Estrada, dismissing speculations that ISIS has gained entry in the country, particularly in Mindanao which had been placed under martial law due to the ongoing clash between government troops and members of Maute terror group.
Asked if he personally believes that ISIS is already in the country, “We don’t know yet. We are not very sure,” he replied.
“But remember, Manila is the capital city, ‘pag dito nangyari ‘yung sa Marawi, masisira ang Pilipinas na ‘to,” he said a day after declaring his support to the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Estrada said he has ordered Manila Police District (MPD) director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel to utilize all the city police’s assets in protecting the city.
Various security measures and contingencies, some of which he said he cannot divulge for operational security, are currently being enforced throughout the city.
“That’s why we have to be careful now. Our intelligence units are really on alert now…to really go after these threats. We don’t want to get caught flatfooted,” Estrada stressed.
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