The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police briefed the elected local government officials of the province concerning the security situations of Lanao del Norte and Iligan. Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo with Vice-Governor Maria Christy N. Atay along with the Board Members, Municipal Mayors and its representatives attentively listened to Captain Tondo of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade of the Philippine Army as he presented the facts and possible scenarios with regards to the threats by the local terrorist group (LTG).
According to Capt. Tondo, the Armed Forces of the Philippines remains committed to the safety and security of Lanao del Norte. The Philippine Army have already identified the areas in the Province that needs special attention. Military assets and personnel have been pre-positioned by the AFP and PNP to counter any possible attacks by the LTG in Lanao del Norte said the Captain.
The AFP and the PNP takes seriously the threats of terrorist attack to Iligan City and to Lanao del Norte. Additional military and police personnel were added to the city of Iligan to prevent the terrorist from executing the plan of attack as a diversionary tactic. One of the preventive measures that the AFP and PNP is doing in Iligan is the implementation of checkpoints in each barangay. Barangay Patrol personnel were ask to be more active in conducting patrols and checking of vehicles and identification of individuals who are coming in and out of their respective barangays.
As the strength of the LTG is waning down in Marawi, some terrorist members who are said to be already in Iligan will try to create a diversion by bringing terror to the city or even to Lanao del Norte. In order to prevent spill over of the conflict happening in Marawi, the Governor urge all Municipal Mayors to continuously cooperate with the AFP and PNP and strictly monitor all barangay officials of their town and remind them not to cuddle any member of the terrorist group even if they are relatives. A representative of the Department of Interior and Local Government noted the request of the Governor to keep an eye on all elected government officials and take actions against these non-abiding officers when necessary.
“I don’t want that to happen in Lanao del Norte”, the strong words of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo referring to what happens in Marawi. Do not allow this terrorist group destroy the efforts that we have made in making Lanao del Norte a progressive province. Let us set aside our political differences for the benefit of the people and future generations of Lanao del Norte, the Governor added.
With regards to the celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte, Lieutenant Colonel Ericson Rosana from the 15IB, 3ID said that security plan is already set for Araw ng Lanao del Norte and this was confirmed by PSupt. Surki Sereňas, LDNPPO DPDO. PIO-LDN