Sunday, June 18, 2017

Iloilo City on 'full red alert' amid rebel attack in Maasin town

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 18): Iloilo City on 'full red alert' amid rebel attack in Maasin town

Due to the attack of alleged more or less 50 members of the New People's Army this morning in Maasin,Iloilo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog here placed the entire city of Iloilo under "full red alert" status.

In his official facebook account, Mabilog directed all barangay captains and barangay officials together with their barangay tanods to strictly monitor their respective barangays and report any suspicious movement that may compromise the peace and order situation of the city.

"The barangays are instructed to collaborate with their respective district police stations in the maintenance of peace and order within the territorial jurisdiction of the City of Iloilo. The public is likewise advised to remain calm and vigilant with their surroundings," his statement added.

While there is no reported threat in the city, Mabilog clarified that precautionary measures are needed to ensure that no one will be put in harm.

Roughly 50 alleged rebels at around 11 a.m Sunday attacked the police station of Maasin town in Iloilo province and took the firearms of the policemen on duty.

The alleged rebels specifically took eight M16 armalite rifles, four glock 9mm pistol, five handheld radio, one base radio, PHP25,000 cash, two laptop, jewelries and one hilux patrol car.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 here condemned the criminal acts of robbery and carnapping perpetrated by the alleged rebels.

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