Saturday, June 28, 2014

Military: No terror threat report in Northern Mindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 29): Military: No terror threat report in Northern Mindanao

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City -– The military and the police have raised an alert status on Saturday, although both denied receiving reports of an impending terror attack here, military officials said on Saturday.

Maj. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that the military has not received an intelligence report that Cagayan De Oro City is a target of terror attack by an unidentified terror group.

He said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has an intelligence unit that especially worked on threats from terror groups.

The regional command of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan De Oro City has not also received a report of a terror plot, Police Sr. Supt. Michael Pareja, the PNP’s regional spokesperson said.

Pareja, however, said that the PNP has stepped up the setting up of checkpoints at the provincial boundaries as well as mobile checkpoints while scouring the mountains for New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

He said that the PNP has also deployed new canine units to Cagayan De Oro City and Camiguin to secure the ports and terminals in areas concerned.

Uy said that the military is working closely with the PNP in securing the capital city of Northern Mindanao and the surrounding provinces.Last week, the military has deployed soldiers in urban and rural villages in Cagayan De Oro City as part of the military’s program for Bayanihan Alert for Peace and Development, Uy said.

He said that under the peace and development program, the Philippine Army troops would be engaged in activities such as youth leadership and community leaders’ enhancement seminars, establishing livelihood projects, among others.

Uy has issued an appeal against spreading rumors of terror attacks since it would only cause unreasonable panic among investors and tourists that would ultimately affect the economy of the region.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Friday that his city as well as the cities of Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Kidapawan, and Koronadal, all in Mindanao are targeted by an unknown terror group sending anxiety among residents in concerned places.

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