The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the leadership of Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo fortifies security measures against terrorists and other lawless elements in coordination, collaboration and cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Municipal Mayors and other concern stakeholders.
The AFP and the PNP rigorously conduct checkpoints along the roads linking the Municipalities and the barangays of Lanao del Norte. The boundary between Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte has been strictly watched by the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the direct command and control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Different units of the Barangays like the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team or BPAT has been mobilised to monitor the security situation and aid the Philippine National Police in maintaining the peace and order of the community.
Residents of the province are encouraged to be vigilant in their own community. Report any suspicious men present in the area to their Barangay Captain or to any members of the Barangay Council. Information gathered by the council must be given immediately to the Municipal Mayor or to the Police or to the Military. Accurate and timely information is necessary to deter or repel any activities of the terrorists or other criminal elements looming in the peaceful Province of Lanao del Norte.
Captain Llyod Tondo, Information Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines discussed that members of the Maute local terrorist group who tried to escape the fire fight in Marawi were apprehended in the checkpoints established by the AFP and PNP when they presented fake identification cards or IDs. And during the presentation, the Army Captain provided hotline number 09177042733 of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade stationed at Barangay Maria Cristina in Iligan City for the residents to call when noticing lawless elements or presence of such group in their area.
The Police and the Military relies mostly on the information given by the residents in the community. Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo persistently reminds the public to be at all times observant of their surroundings. “We must protect our beloved Province of Lanao del Norte, we should not be deceived by the false promises of this terrorist. Let us continue to unite and fight against extremism and terrorism. If we do nothing to protect Lanao del Norte, we are putting ourselves in danger and especially the lives and the future of our children”.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police closely coordinate with the Municipal Mayors and the Barangay Captains, particularly in the hinterland areas to constantly monitor the possible entry points that will be used by the local terrorist coming from Lanao del Sur.
Governor Angging calls all the Municipal Mayors, Barangay Captains and the community leaders to never allow any members of the local terrorist group to take shelter or hide in the vicinity of Lanao del Norte. “If you plan to coddle any suspected member of the Maute terrorist group or any criminal elements in your home or within your area, please, I advise you not to do it, for the Military or the Police will come after you as conspirator and your peaceful lives will never be the same again. Do not allow this alien ideology which does not represent the true meaning of the peace loving religion of Islam destroy our lives”.
The Provincial Governor believes that Lanao del Norte will never be affected by the on-going conflict in Marawi City and it will remain peaceful because of the unity and harmony amongst the Muslims and Christians living in the province. The unity and harmony drives the province forward towards development and prosperity where our Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo, Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Municipal Mayors, the AFP, the PNP and other concern stakeholders worked hard for years for the betterment of the people of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN