MANILA -- Despite the victory of government troops against the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, every Filipino must remain vigilant to prevent terror threats.

This was emphasized by Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who said that containing terrorism is a shared responsibility of everyone.

"The Marawi Siege indeed serves as a reminder that guarding our nation from the perils of terrorism is a shared responsibility and that all of us must be vigilant," he added.

Also, the five-month battle against the Maute Group is a wake-up call that we must invest more on improving our capabilities and modernizing our equipment.

Around 923 Maute Group terrorists and their allies were killed in the five-month campaign against the terror group which started last May 23.

On the other hand, 165 soldiers and police officers were killed in the offensive which ended only on October 23. (PNA)