AMID reports of renewed clashes in Mindanao, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to convene the National Security Council (NSC).
Binay made the call on the sidelines of the distribution of financial assistance to
families of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.
“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,” he added.
Binay said it is the authority of the president to convene the NSC so that government can prepare for any eventuality.
“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,” he stressed.
The NSC meeting, he added, will provide security forces the framework to act, keeping in mind that the ultimate goal is to ensure stability and pursue peace in Mindanao.
The NSC is composed of the President, Vice President, Armed Forces chief of staff, NSC director, executive secretary, secretaries of foreign affairs, national defense, interior and local government, justice, and labor and employment.