Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said the country needs true leaders to be able to fight terrorism.
Marcos made the call following the fresh fierce firefight between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that left 18 soldiers dead and many wounded in Barangay Baguindan, Tipo Tipo, Basilan. Five ASG fighters were also killed in the gun battle, including a Moroccan national identified as Mohammad Khattab.
“It is incumbent upon our leaders to show they are sincere in protecting the people through decisive actions especially in the fight against terrorism,” he stated.
The senator added that a true leader should be able to show that he or she is on top of the situation not only to boost the morale of the members of the armed forces but also give the Filipino people a sense of security that something is being done to protect them.
Marcos said the President, being the highest official of the land, has a moral and social obligation to assure the people that they have a leader in charge of the situation and is doing everything that needs to be done to defeat the enemy.
“The president has to show he is on top of the situation and he is doing everything to quell terrorism or at least a message that the people should not worry because he is taking care of it. There is no need for silence at this point when our soldiers are being killed by terrorists,” the senator said.