Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:24
Malacañang on Tuesday belied reports that the Philippines has overtaken Southern Thailand and Indonesia as an “area of most concern on terrorism” saying it was just a matter of perception.
In a media briefing at the Palace, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the perception could be due to the security problems in the southern part of the country.
“We disagree that we have overtaken Indonesia or Southern Thailand. Remember that our pool of recruits is a lot smaller than that of Indonesia,” Lacierda noted.
When asked on the government’s assessment of the threats of terrorism, Lacierda said the operations of terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao has diminished, adding that they are constantly monitoring the situation all over the country.
“We monitor all threats, whether in the south or in the city…but again, it is not as grave as it was been assessed, he said.
The Jolo bombing incident, according to him was part of the agenda of a cabinet workshop on Monday where President Aquino issued a directive to intelligence agencies.
A case has already been filed against five suspected Abu Sayyaf members who were implicated in the bombing incident. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)
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