By Genalyn Kabiling
Martial law in Mindanao must be retained for security forces to effectively address lingering threat from terror groups in the country, according to a military spokesman.
Armed Forces spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla Jr. made the remarks about the martial law proclamation even after the troops have neutralized top two terror leaders in Marawi City.
“We would like to assure the public that we all look forward to the return to normalcy of every part of Mindanao,” Padilla said during a Palace press briefing.
“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” he said.
Padilla said citizens do not have to fear the martial law imposition “if they are law abiding.”
“It is something that we need to do in order to address quickly and adequately those threats that are looming in the horizon or in the environment that may result in the harming of innocents like what happened in Marawi,” he said.