President Rodrigo Duterte said during the inauguration of the ARMSCOR Shooting Range Davao Branch on February 26 that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) are ready for another terrorist attack.
However, the President said if things get worse he may allow the arming and mobilization of those who have Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) training and other military training.
“You attempt to attack a city then we are prepared and I’m sure we are capable of doing it,” President Duterte said.
He said he already ordered the PNP to create another five to seven battalions of elite cops under the Special Action Force (SAF). He also said he ordered the recruitment of ten thousand soldiers.
“We will survive and we will win these pocket wars. And we will be a great nation someday. Sa aking panahon, medyo ako lang muna ang tiga-pigil,” he said.
“But if things get worse, I will allow the mobilization and the maybe purchase of the ROTC and those guys who have had military training and I will allow you to use, bear the high-caliber firearms,” he said.
“Kasi if it’s terrorism and they would do it just like in any other place in the Middle East, then that is the time we will have to fight for our survival,” he said. “And I would not… I would never go to a peace negotiation on bended knees.”