Binay says government needs to be prepared, urges Aquino to convene Security Council

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay urges President Benigno Aquino III to convene the National Security Council in light of the current situation in Mindanao after the January 25 Special Action Force Operation. Few weeks after the said operation thousands of residents from parts of Mindanao fled from their homes after Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters had several clashes.

“In light of recent developments especially the reports of renewed clashes in Mindanao, I urge President Aquino to convene the National Security Council,” Vice President Binay said. “The meeting will assess the current peace and order and security situation, and formulate the proper mechanisms that would prepare our law enforcement and the armed forces to respond accordingly.”

“We need to be prepared. We have to discuss not only what’s happening now but how to be ready for the future. We need to invite persons who possess knowledge and experience on matters pertaining to national security.

“The NSC meeting will provide our security forces the framework to act, keeping in mind that our ultimate goal is to ensure stability and pursue peace in Mindanao,” Binay explained.

The National Security Council Proper is a collegial body chaired by the President. It includes concerned officials of the Cabinet and Congress, as members, as well as other government officials and private citizens who may be invited by the President.