Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said continuing with the peace process is the best deterrent against the entry of the international terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country.
Marcos made the statement in reaction to the twin bombing attacks in Brussels, Belgium which claimed the lives of at least 34 people and wounded more than a hundred.
With the owning of the ISIS to the bombings, Marcos said this should be another compelling reason why the peace process should be pursued at all cost.
“The peace process is the key and the logic is really quite simple. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng pagkakaisa sa mga kapatid nating MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) at MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) at iba pang grupo upang sila ay patuloy na kasama sa ating lipunan at para hindi sila sumama sa mga grupo katulad ng ISIS,” he Marcos said.
He said he is deeply saddened by the twin bombings in Brussels and said while the incident is quite far from the country and no Filipinos is involved, the event still is highly relevant because it touches on the aspect of terrorism which can happen to any country.
Marcos, however, expressed doubt that ISIS has entered the country despite the association of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters) to the international terrorist group.
When asked who among the current presidential candidates can best address the problem of terrorism, Marcos said it could be either be his runningmate Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago or Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
“I think Senator Miriam could very well handle it because she is an expert in foreign relations and international law. And also Mayor Duterte because he is the only one who has had an experience in negotiating with forces outside of the law,” the senator explained.
He said the government should closely watch the situation and implement measures to ensure the safety of every Filipino all over the world.
“We should all watch this closely and we should continue to enforce peace and continue to bring everyone to the table to talk peace until we find the true and lasting peace that we have all been long searching for,” he said.