The moment Police Senior Superintendent Leopoldo E. Cabanag, stepped in as the new Acting Provincial Director of Lanao del Norte, he immediately conducted investigation with regards to the Peace and Order situation of the province. After doing so, the Provincial Director concluded that the Province of Lanao del Norte is a peaceful province opposite to what have been written in some reports.
“The Province of Lanao del Norte is a peaceful province compared to some other provinces of the country. I even ride my motorcycle alone without any back-up, so meaning, I have not seen any threats. The residents of the province are peace loving people”, Provincial Director Cabanag said.
The on-going conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute-Local Terrorist Group in Lanao del Sur particularly in Marawi City that started last May 23, 2017 brought serious threats to the Peace and Order of the entire island of Mindanao particularly the neighbouring province of Lanao del Norte. The rebellion in that city and the serious threats of the Maute local terrorist group, who have pledged their allegiance to the international terrorist group ISIS or ISIL pushed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to declare Martial Law. This declaration is to immediately curve or repel the atrocities planned by this extremist to some other areas outside Marawi to further advance their inhuman ideologies.
In the Province of Lanao del Norte, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, the Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo and the Municipal Mayors worked hand-in-hand with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to maintain the peace and order of the province and to ensure that residents are protected from the terrorists who promised to bring destructions not only to Marawi but as well to other cities and municipalities.
The Provincial Governor continuously urged the residents of Lanao del Norte to always be active in guarding their communities by constantly monitoring the people who are not from their area and report immediately to the members of the barangay council, to the mayor or to the police or military within their area.
This is what Police Provincial Director Cabanag mentioned during one of the interviews. Residents play a vital role in keeping their community peaceful. The public are encouraged to provide information that is timely and accurate, in order for the Police to immediately respond and address the threats of these criminal elements. “Since the beginning of my carrier as a lieutenant, I have repeatedly asked the assistance from the constituents of my area of operation to collaborate, cooperate and coordinate in deterring any violation of human rights or criminalities in the community”.
The Provincial Director asked the people not to be complacent in performing their duties and responsibilities as citizens of the Republic of the Philippines in securing the community they are living in. The contribution of the residents in maintaining the Peace and Order is essential for the progress and development of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty”. PIO-LDN