By Nitz Arancon
“Only the criminals, bandits, drug syndicates, and those who make opportune out of the sufferings of our people should worry. Pero yung mga peace-loving, freedom- loving, law-abiding citizen, wala kayong dapat ikabahala.”
Thus said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during his keynote address for the 119th Independence Day celebrations at Kioko Kagawasan, here, on Monday.
Bello reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte declared the entire island under martial law only to “protect the people from terrorist groups.”
He said he is confident the implementation of martial law in Mindanao will ensure the end of terroristic activities in the island.
“I am very confident that soon the galant fighters of this state will eliminate the criminals and bandits and will erase terrorism from the face of Mindanao,” said Bello.
The labor secretary enjoined the people to support President Duterte’s martial law and to trust the military and police whom Duterte has entrusted to implement martial law.
For his part, City Mayor Oscar Moreno called on the people for “resiliency and compassion” amid the crisis in Marawi City.
“I hope nga kining sitwasyon sa Marawi will trigger not just a climate of peace, tranquility, and harmony dinhi sa Mindanao, but also the redemption of Mindanao.” Moreno said.