Usec Año shares lessons learned from Marawi PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:21

One of the many lessons the government has learned from the five-month Marawi siege is that “poor governance contributes to the development of would be terrorists,” according to Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Eduardo Año during the regular quarterly meeting the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for Western Mindanao Friday.

“Another lessons learned were the urban warfare push, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, signal intelligence, and above all the Philippine laws need to adapt to the threat of evolving extremism,” Usec. Año said.

He told the RPOC-9 members headed by Mayor Beng Climaco that inadequate laws allow the development of terrorism; social, political and economic conditioning makes communities vulnerable to terror narratives.

“We also need to push for profiling and data basing, bearing in mind that after the Marawi conflict there remains the threats of DAESH,” said Año, former AFP chief of staff.

“The next focus is the defeat of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu and Basilan,” he stressed. “This is very important to maintain security in Zamboanga City considering its strategic location in the Zamboanga Peninsula.”

“Rest assured we shall facilitate and fast track what we need to do to implement all the lessons we have learned from the Marawi incident,” Año said. “They did the unthinkable,” he said referring to the Maute terrorists, who laid Marawi under siege for five months.

He also discussed the plans for recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi.-(Vic Larato)