The Provincial Peace and Order Council and The Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council gathered at Macapagal Training Center on November 9, 2017 to discuss preventive measures in relation to the possible retaliation by members and sympathizers of the terrorists and the on-going war on drugs. The council meeting was initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo chairman of both councils reminds the members that the situation in Marawi is still volatile and all stakeholders have to remain vigilant in order to prevent any terroristic plans to take place in the province.
Colonel Alex Tejada Aduca, Commander of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, AFP reported that the actions of the military in Lanao del Sur; the rescue of Fr. Chito Suganob as well as the death of the terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute took a huge blow over the insurgents and sealed the victory over the Maute-ISIS terrorist group in Marawi.
Col. Aduca also showed video clips that were recovered in the rubbles of Marawi. In the video it shows how the terrorists are teaching children to shoot sniper rifles and other high powered weapons. There are also clips in the presentation where teenagers are being shown engaging against the soldiers and another was a clip showing the networks of tunnels where the terrorist hides in case the Philippine Air Force conduct bombing raids.
In addition, Col. Aduca said that we should be vigilant from isolated retaliation such as bombings from the terrorist that might incapacitate unsuspecting civilians “Gusto lang nilang makabawi sa mga losses nila gusto nilang maipaghiganti ang kanilang kasamahan.”
Meanwhile, the representative from PDEA stated that they are aiming for drug personalities in the province in coordination with the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. For now the Agency has only captured drug users and pushers.
Governor Angging expressed her support to PDEA, “We will be behind you, sana nga makahuli tayo ng malaking isda dito sa Lanao del Norte. Thank you and if you need help from the Provincial Government, I am always ready to extend the necessary assistance that your agency needs and I’m just in my office and you can visit me anytime.”
The Lanao del Norte paves its way to a more peaceful and productive province with the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo with the support of the two Districts Representatives, 1st District Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Municipal Mayors and the National Government Agencies.
Before the end of the PPOC-PADAC meeting, Governor Angging assures the people that she will make sure that no terrorists groups would thrive in this peaceful province of Lanao del Norte. The lady Governor is confident that the residents are always on guard in protecting the harmonious relationship of the Muslims and Christians who have live peacefully for years in the “Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN