MALACANANG urged all Filipinos yesterday to help in battling “a faceless enemy” as the world commemorated the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attack that opened a “Pandora’s box in terrorism.”
“So after that 9/11, it opened a Pandora’s box in terrorism, mas lalong lumawak po iyong plano ng mga terorista, at kasama ho tayo doon sa mga pinagplanuhan ng mga terorista na bombahin,” Presidential Communications Office secretary Martin Andanar said.
Andanar said that the 9/11 15th anniversary “is a reminder that all of us are facing a faceless enemy”.
“Hindi lang ho responsibilidad ng awtoridad, ng Philippine National Police at ng AFP, kung hindi ito po ay responsibilidad ng bawat Pilipino,” Andanar said.
Andanar added that Filipinos learned so much from the 9/11 incident, pointing out that many Filipinos were victims of the tragedy especially migrants in New York and overseas Filipino workers.
“... mas lalong lumawak po iyong plano ng mga terorista, at kasama ho tayo doon sa mga pinagplanuhan ng mga terorista na bombahin,” Andanar noted.
Yesterday, the United States marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil, which changed the world forever.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001 when 19 Al-Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked four passenger jets, crashing them into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
It was the first foreign attack on the US mainland in almost two centuries and sparked US-led invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003, where war rages on more than a decade later, reports said.
“This weekend, we honor their memory once more. We stand with the survivors who still bear the scars of that day,” US President Barack Obama said Saturday in his weekly address.
The 15th anniversary comes with the United States in the midst of a divisive presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton, who was New York senator at the time of the attacks, and Manhattan tycoon Donald Trump.
Both candidates attended the New York ceremony.