19 Oct Gov’t Troops Still on Heightened Alert for Terrorist Sympathizers
After Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of the Marawi City’s freedom from the grip of terrorists for over five months, the police and military forces in Mindanao is still on high alert for possible retaliation of terrorist sympathizers.
In an article from Inquirer.net, Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., spokesperson for the military, said that threat of terrorism remains as some armed sympathizers of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups might conduct their own attacks in several places throughout Mindanao.
With that, Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Chief of the Military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom), has previously released a directory for government troops to maintain heightened security in their operations whether be it by land or by water within the territory of the country.
Areas that are now placed under tighter security monitoring include Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Cagayan de Oro City.
With the death of Maute and Hapilon, however, opposition leaders of the House of Representatives are now pressing the administration to end the Martial Law in Mindanao since the fighting in the war-torn Marawi City is nearing to an end.