By Marjaleen Ramos
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Wednesday highlighted the role of National Security Council and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) in fighting the “demons” of corruption in the various government agencies.
“The national security agency partnered with National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, our major players in counter intelligence in gathering information in order to take out the demons among us,” Esperon said in Kapihan sa Manila Bay media forum.
“That is exactly where we are starting since it is our anniversary today as we go above in the other big jobs that we have been assigned including the matter of ending the local communist, addressing violent extremism, corruption, and illegal drugs.”
The security adviser said that they are now ready to update the public on the situation on their fight with CPP-NPA, the local terrorists that have been affiliated with ISIS and other foreign terrorists.
“After three years in the administration, starting with the secessionist narratives, we talk about the MNLF, MILF, uprising some struggles starting from the 60’s 70s onward.”
“We are now better situated. The ISIS, as we all know, have been very determined in getting into Mindanao. And they even think they could establish their wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia, with its center in Mindanao.”
He then cited some recent incidents including the suicide bombing in Basilan, Lamitan, Jolo Cathedral (Sulu), and in Indanan, which he said was the first time a Filipino was involved as the suicide bomber.
“We must address the community itself, we must have efforts in schools, we must have efforts in sectors [of] religious scholars who go abroad and come back, efforts on OFWs, in social media and we must also have efforts in Islamic schools. We must take care of Muslims, Islamic or not.”