ILOILO CITY — Western Visayas is still “Maute-free” amid reports of people coming from Mindanao to this region and information circulating in the social media on the alleged terrorist attacks of the same group in the key cities of the country on June 30, according to a Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 statement.
A statement released by the PRO-6 on Wednesday also reminded the public to “stop posting and sharing false information that may cause panic among others.”
“On the ongoing crisis caused by Maute Group in Marawi and harassment of CPP/NPA, PRO-6 assures everyone that peace, order and security in Western Visayas remains in control,” PRO-6 spokesperson Supt. Gilbert Gorero told PNA on Thursday morning.
The statement said joint security forces of the PRO-6, 301st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and the Air Force were deployed in the entire region but did not state the number of soldiers dispatched.
Gorero stressed their regional office had upgraded its police visibility in all places of convergence like malls, churches, schools, among others. The police force is also continuously coordinating with private security agencies and other government agencies in shielding and protecting the region against lawless elements.
Unit commanders were also directed to engage Muslim community and properly account refugees from Mindanao specifically from Marawi City, he said.
With the recent arrest of three alleged Maute members at the Iloilo port; raid of the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) of the Maasin town police station and the encounter of Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion with the NPAs in Leon town, PRO 6 appealed to to the public to remain “vigilant” and report all suspicious individual to the PNP hotlines and PRO6 info text (09498833741/ 09175943753).
“Let us work and pray together that our united efforts will keep the citizen safe and secured,” the statement stressed. Cindy B. Ferrer/PNA-northboundasia.com