Tubod, Lanao del Norte – In a joint press briefing, officials of the AFP, PNP and provincial government assured the public that Lanao del Norte remains peaceful and secure from possible threats arising from the recent suspension of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The assurance came after several malicious texts began circulating claiming of an encounter between government and rebel troops in the boundary of the two Lanao provinces, as well as possible diversionary activities to be conducted by rogue armed groups.
“The peace process here in Lanao del Norte is very much alive. The ceasefire is holding, and the maintenance of open-line communications through peace mechanisms all contributed to the peaceful and stable security situation of Lanao del Norte”, said Col. Gilbert Gapay, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade.
For his part, PNP Provincial Director Madid Paitao assured local residents that “the peace and order situation here in Lanao del Norte remains stable”.
Top officials from both security organizations appeal to the public not to immediately react to text messages that only seek to sow chaos and panic particularly in the coastal communities of the province.
To verify information from unknown texters, the public can readily contact AFP hotlines 0917-7042-733 and 222-8606, or PNP hotline 0917-6278-361.
“We don’t want war here in the province. But in the event that the MILF will move, our AFP and PNP can respond effectively to ensure that Lanao del Norte is secure and its people safe”, declared Governor Khalid Dimaporo.
During the press briefing, it was learned that both AFP and PNP forces are jointly conducting border patrols, mobile checkpoints and other activities aimed at strengthening the defenses of the province.
For information validation, the Lanao del Norte LGU hotlines can also be contacted 0915-8133-519 (Globe) or 0939-3494-827 (Smart).
Also present during the joint press briefing were Boardmember Tawantawan Cauntongan, battalion commanders stationed here in Lanao del Norte, affiliate media partners, and personnel from the Provincial Information Office. VNL/PIO-LDN