From Xinhua (Feb 1): Philippines prepares for retaliatory acts after death of terrorist leader
The Philippine government forces are ready to address possible retaliatory actions that may be undertaken by sympathizers of an international terrorist who was reportedly killed in a firefight in southern province of Maguindanao, senior official said Sunday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over a state-run radio station that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other government forces are " fully prepared."
Government troops in southern Philippines have been alerted following the death allegedly of Zulkipli bin Hir, also known as " Marwan," the southeast Asian leader of Jemaah Islamiyah and on the terror list of the United States.
The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the country, allegedly coddled Marwan, who was allegedly killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force on Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.