THE liberation of Marawi City in Mindanao has thrust out front the need for stronger international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, undoubtedly one of the world’s major headaches.
Various sectors said that the many setbacks suffered by the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, the Philippines and other parts of the world do not mean that the global fight against terrorism is over.
In fact, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has called on the international community to intensify its efforts in going after the Islamic State and its affiliate organizations across the globe.
“The terrorist attacks in New York and other places abroad during the past several weeks tell us the threat remains real,” according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano, a former member of the Senate, issued the statement after an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in New York killed eight people and seriously injured at least 11 others.
The fight against terrorism, a priority of President Duterte, is one of the issues that will be discussed during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit to be held in Manila this month.
“The Philippines is more than ready to do its share in helping make the world a safer place,” said Cayetano, adding that Manila is looking forward to cooperating with other countries.
At the same time, Cayetano thanked the United States, Australia, China, Russia and other countries for the assistance extended to the Philippines during the campaign to liberate Marawi City.
Knowing full well the importance of working in unison, Cayetano said Manila is looking forward to cooperating with other nations, particularly in intelligence sharing and capacity building.
Perish the thought of ever winning the fight against terrorism without the help of the international community.