Government able, willing to deal with any new threats – Roque

Responding to media query regarding Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely’s remarks that they see evidences that terrorists in Marawi City are regrouping and are preparing to conduct attack, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) already saw the said possibility.

“I think that has been a shared view of our Armed Forces, which prompted in fact the decision to extend the declaration of martial law in Mindanao,” Roque said.

“We are of course monitoring the situation, we are able and willing to deal with any new threats,” he added.

He also said the latest statement of the Australian Ambassador only verifies what the government already knows.