Former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. has defended the military airstrikes launched against Maute terrorists, saying such action is “a legitimate tool” to neutralize the enemy.
In his statement published on Facebook, Gibo explained why airstrikes are necessary to destroy the Maute Terrorist Group.
According to Teodoro, the action of the military is a good strategy ‘not only to neutralize targets’ but also to protect the troops in the ground.
“It also helps to end engagements quicker rather than prolonging fighting. It is a legitimate tool at the disposal of government forces when the engagement commander determines that its use is appropriate and reasonable given the level of the threat faced,” Gibo Teodoro said.
He said that properties can surely be damaged by airstrikes, but the life of the soldiers battling the Maute Terrorist Group are more important than buildings that can be rebuild.
“Damage to property is an unfortunate consequence not only of airstrikes but of any weapon, yet we must ask what piece of property is worth the life of a single soldier?” He said.
“On the other hand the real menace is the fact that the Maute gang takes refuge in dwellings and other urban locations, use rocket propelled grenades without regard to surroundings, ieds, snipe at civilians, rob, pillage, murder, and terrorize! This is the threat faced. This is what must be condemned!” He said.