From the Philippine News Agency (May 27): Army's 7ID intensifies intel ops vs terror activities
Major Gen. Angelito de Leon, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID) based here, directed all units to step up intelligence gathering "to thwart any terror activities by criminal groups".
De Leon, in his order issued Friday night, especially mentioned the New People’s Army (NPA).
The directive was issued “in view of the recent incidents in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao,” said in a statement released by the 7ID’s public information office headed by 1Lt. Cathrine E. Hapin.
It said that intensified intelligence effort was being conducted through the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center at the various levels of Command to ensure peace in its area of responsibility.
“Commander (De Leon) directed field commanders to enhance information gathering to prevent other criminal groups, the NPA included, to conduct terroristic actions,” the statement said.
It added though that there were no monitored terrorist plans within its area of responsibility similar to “the ones happening in Mindanao.”
The 7ID, in tandem with the Philippine National Police (PNP) will initiate visibility patrols and checkpoints in various areas as needed.
Security operations are likewise being conducted in critical infrastructure and government flagship projects to prevent any possible attacks from the NPA.