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Military on watch vs ‘sympathy attacks’

January 10, 2020 - Friday 6:01 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- The 1003rd Infantry Brigade (IB) has strengthened its intelligence monitoring to prevent possible “sympathy attacks” amid the brewing crisis in the Middle East.

“We have intensified our intelligence monitoring and liaising with other government agencies,” Colonel Nolasco Mempin, commander of the 1003rd IB, told the Mirror on Thursday.

He said all units of the 1003rd IB have been directed to closely watch any threat group that might show sympathy with Iran and Iraq.

“Here in Davao Region, we continue our mandate as protector of the people,” he said.

Mempin said so far, he has not received any information regarding possible sympathy attacks against the people in the region.

The brigade, however, is closely monitoring all local terrorist groups, including the New People’s Army (NPA).

For her part, Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 spokesperson Major Eudisan Gultiano said police are also strictly monitoring any possible sympathizer.

She said all police personnel in the region have been directed to closely watch the threat groups that have sympathetic relations with countries like Iran and Iraq.

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president John Carlo Tria, meanwhile, expressed concern over the possible escalation of violence in the Middle East, noting possible impacts on the local economy.

Tria, in a statement, said the continuing recovery of the global economy after last year’s slight downturn “relies on the growth and strength of global trade which is threatened by violence.”

“The safety and livelihood of our Filipino workers is affected by an escalation of violence,” he said.