From the Visayan Daily Star (Jan 30, 2019): AFP keeps close watch on entry points
The Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command has ordered the Army, Navy and Air Force to closely monitor all entry and exit points in all the islands of the Visayas, following the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu.
Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, AFP Central Command chief, yesterday assured the people of Visayas that the AFP will continue its effort to quell any attempt that would affect the normal situation in the region.
The AFP Central Command and the Army 3rd Infantry Division condemned in the strongest terms the terror act that claimed the lives of 21 civilians and soldiers, and injured more than 100.
Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, 3ID commander, vowed to protect the people of Western and Central Visayas from terror attacks.
The assurance was made by Dolina in support to the order of Lt. Gen. Clement Force to closely monitor the maritime waters of the Visayas and all points of entry and exit in the region in tandem with other law enforcement agencies.
Dolina said they are now doubling their efforts to suppress any terror attempt that would jeopardize the peace and security situation in the region.
At the same time, he encouraged Muslim communities to cooperate with the government security forces and work together to safeguard their brothers against those who promote violent radicalism.
Dolina also encouraged the people of Western and Central Visayas to continue their vigilance and to cooperate with the 3ID to prevent any terrorist group from staging similar terror attacks in the whole region
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