The Armed Forces of the Philippines represented by Commanding Officer of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Colonel Alex Tejada Aduca, updated the local chief executives including Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quirbranza-Dimaporo regarding the security situation of the Province of Lanao del Norte held on September 4, 2017 at the Provincial Governor’s Conference Room in Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center.
Col. Aduca presented various updates and possible movements of these local terrorist group and other insurgents trying to encroach or taking shelter in the Province of Lanao del Norte. The AFP together with the Philippine National Police has stepped up necessary measures to counter any possible entry of such groups in the province.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Qubranza-Dimaporo welcomes the presence of the Municipal Mayors of Lanao del Norte. The Governor extends her gratitude to the Mayors who are present to attend the security briefing especially those who have different political affiliations and organizations. “At this time, we should set aside our political differences, we must work together to protect our beloved province of Lanao del Norte. This is not only for us but for the people residing in our province”.
All the Municipal Mayors present in the meeting pledged their support to Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo in her effort of driving out any terrorist seeking refuge in the province. The Mayors also assured Col. Alex T. Aduca that they will help the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police operating in their area of responsibility. The Army Colonel asked the local chief executives to provide information that is timely and accurate in order for the military and the police to respond immediately in order to curb or prevent any impending threats from the terrorists or from the insurgents in the area.
Governor Angging said that, “We (local chief executives) must not be too complacent to the security status of our community, we must always be vigilant. We should never underestimate the will and perseverance of these terrorists and other lawless elements”. Barangay officials must intensify their effort in monitoring the presence of additional inhabitants in their barangay. All Barangay Chairmen should submit an updated list of all residents in their area for the Municipal Government, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines could check if there are suspicious names included in the list.
Col. Aduca appreciates the unity shown by the Municipal Mayors present in the gathering in support to the call of Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo to give adequate assistance to the AFP & PNP and to the incessant reminder of the Governor to never coddle any Maute-ISIS member in their area of responsibility. “Even if you are related, please do not allow them to take shelter and use our province as their safe haven. Think about the future of our province and to our children. God forbid, if what happens to Marawi will happen to our province, where will we go? I will never allow that to happen to our province”, the appealing but firm words of Provincial Governor Angging. PIO-LDN