Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said Wednesday, November 30, that the attack on government forces in Marawi was an act of terror aimed to discredit the peace efforts in Mindanao of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The message of the attack was clear and it targeted my father and his administration. It was meant to terrorize the government and the Filipino people,” Vice Mayor Duterte, son of President Duterte, said in a statement.
On Tuesday, November 29, in Marawi City, a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) apparently planted by terrorists, hit a presidential convoy and injured nine soldiers.
The convoy composed of personnel from the Presidential Security Group and Army troopers, was the advance security force ahead of President Duterte’s visit to Butig, Lanao del Sur. Two soldiers were seriously injured in the early morning blast in Barangay Emie Punod.
Vice Mayor Duterte said the attack was “meant to undermine Duterte’s peace efforts and his development agenda in Mindanao and the entire country.”
“The enemies of peace and meaningful change are out on a rampage now that the Duterte administration’s peace and development efforts are rapidly gaining momentum in Mindanao and many other parts of the country. There are groups who are not happy about what’s happening now,” the presidential son said.
The vice mayor said that with terrorism becoming a serious threat to the country’s security, the public should alert and help government in its fight against terrorists.
“We have to be at all times vigilant because there are still people and groups who are out to destabilize our government and terrorize the Filipino people,” he said in the statement.
Despite threats to his security, the President pushed through with his Lanao del Sur visit.