Lorenzana to soldiers: Prepare for ‘Marawi-type’ ops
Prepare for another battle.
This is the core of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s message to the elite units of the Philippine Army in Nueva Ecija.
Lorenzo was at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija on January 8 to lead a ceremony installing new commanders at the Philippine Army Special Operations Command.
During this speech, defense chief said that soldiers have to prepare for a repeat of the Marawi siege because of an existing rebellion that could also trigger an urban warfare in “another city” in the Philippines.
“It started in May and continued until October. It is the belief of the armed forces and the police that there is continuing reorganization of the rebellious forces. They would again conduct a Marawi-type operations sometime in the future. I also believe in that,” Lorenzana said.
The official also expressed support to the extension of martial law in Mindanao. He said the armed forces are preparing to defend the extension before the Supreme Court in light of the petitions of opposition congressmen against it.
“We are preparing our briefing to the Supreme Court. If and when the Supreme Court calls us to give a briefing on the extension of martial law, we will be going there with the Solicitor General and other lawyers,” Lorenzana said.
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