Erap: Manila remains safe

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Mayor Joseph Estrada has assured the public that Manila remains safe from domestic and international terrorism amid fears that ISIS militants have penetrated the Philippines.

The former president said all efforts that could be done as humanly as possible are being exerted to protect the city of 1.7 million people.

“Manila is safe as far as I’m concerned,” said Estrada, who earlier backed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under martial law.

The mayor, however, declined to give a categorical answer when asked if ISIS has already gained foothold in the country.

“We don’t know yet. We are not very sure,” he said.

“But remember, Manila is the capital city. if what happened in Marawi happens in Manila, that will destroy the country,” Estrada added.

Estrada said this is the reason why he has ordered Manila Police District director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel to utilize all of the city police’s assets to thwart possible attacks and harden potential targets.

“That’s why we have to be careful now. Our intelligence units are really on alert now…to really go after these threats. We don’t want to get caught flatfooted,” Estrada said.