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Security tightened in Region 11 after Isulan, Indanan blasts

September 09, 2019 - Monday 7:09 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image COOPERATE. Police authorities are encouraging the people to cooperate with security personnel who will be conducting tighter security measures in response to possible terrorist threats after the bomb attacks in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday and in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday. ARJOY M. CENIZA

SECURE. Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director Brigadier General Marcelo has directed his personnel to deploy the maximum number of foot and mobile patrols especially in highly populated areas as well as intensify intelligence monitoring and sharing of information with other PNP units. ARJOY M. CENIZA

 

DAVAO CITY -- Security in Region 11 has been tightened following a series of bomb attacks in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday and in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday.

“Immediately, I have instructed to raise all PNP (Philippine National Police) units in Region 11 to be on full alert status (and to) establish and strengthen checkpoints in the cities and municipalities in Davao Region,” Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 director Brigadier General Marcelo said.

Unidentified men had set off an improvised explosive device in front of the public market in Isulan at around 7 a.m. on September 7, leaving at least four persons injured, police said.

Isulan police director Police Lieutenant Colonel Junie Buenacosa said the suspected IED was placed at a terminal for motorcycles in front of the public market.

The following day, an alleged suicide bomber was killed after the bomb the unidentified person was carrying exploded at the entrance of the camp of the Philippine Army's 35th Infantry Battalion in Indanan.

Aside from the bomber, no other casualties were reported.

Joint Task Force Sulu commander Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr.  blamed the attack on the Abu Sayyaf Groupd (ASG), saying it s “very ironic” that the group projects itself to be a Muslim advocate for change but “is practicing un-Islamic acts of terror forbidden in the Muslim faith.”

24/7 security
Morales said he has directed his personnel to deploy the maximum number of foot and mobile patrols especially in highly populated areas as well as intensify intelligence monitoring and sharing of information with other PNP units.

He said the PRO 11, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other law enforcement agencies are doing their best to guard and secure the people against threats.

“We are ready 24/7 to address crime and to maintain order in the community with the help of our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities provided by the national and local government,” Morales said.

Police Captain Nolan Tagsip, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), told MDM that the city had never lowered its guard.

“Naka-full alert status na kami before pa sa Kadayawan. Hindi na bumaba ang full-alert status, nakataas na yan,” Tagsip said.

(We have been on full alert status even before the Kadayawan Festival [in August]. The full alert status has never been lowered, it has always been raised.)

Tagsip said DCPO director Police Colonel Alexander Tagum has already directed all city police personnel to intensify their operations and strengthen intelligence monitoring.

He also said Davaoeños must expect random checkpoints by the police and Task Force Davao.

Tagsip said additional personnel will be deployed in all border control points, with massive personnel deployment on the ground.

He also asked for the cooperation of the public as the authorities impose stricter security measures to ensure the safety of the people of the city.

Don’t panic
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 11 deputy head Major Milgrace Driz asked the public to be vigilant and watchful.

“Help the authorities and CIDG 11 in the campaign against lawlessness and terrorism in the region by promoting the culture of security and vigilance within the community,” she said.

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Consolito Yecla told Davaoeños not to panic and instead focus on what they can contribute to help secure Davao City.

“Everyone should practice the culture of security. Report suspicious persons and volunteer for inspections,” he said.

Normalization
Malacañang said the Isulan explosion shows the need to fast-track the normalization process as part of efforts to end decades of conflict in Mindanao.

“The blast this morning is a reminder of why we must exhaust all efforts to ensure that future generations are spared from the conflict and violence that has plagued Mindanao in the past," Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement issued on Saturday.

Nograles also expressed hope that the eight persons wounded in the blast would have a speedy recovery.

"We pray for a speedy recovery for those hurt in the blast and we hope that our partners in peace will remain steadfast in their commitment to the peace and normalization process,” he added.

Nograles also hailed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to push through with his attendance on the second phase of decommissioning Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) combatants and weapons in Sultan Kudarat just hours after the blast took place.
 

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