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Military operations to continue in Ilocos during All Saints Day

By Freddie G. Lazaro

NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur (October 28) -- The military operations in the critical areas in Ilocos region are continuous to deter any terrorist activity in the forthcoming celebration of "All Saints Day", a high ranking army official said on Friday here.

Colonel Loreto Rirao, Commander of the Army's 503rd Brigade based in Barangay Sulvec, Narvacan town, told that their counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism operations were actively conducted in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the area.

"Even with no special occasion, our operations are continuing as part of the administration's initiatives on internal security operation to eradicate the problems on insurgency in the countryside," he said.

"On All Saints Day celebration, we would provide augmentation support on security programs by the police operatives particularly in the urban areas if there's a request from them (police department)," he added.

He said the police authority has the sole responsibility in the maintenance of peace and order during the said celebration.

The Army's 503rd Brigade has operationally controlled the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra and some parts of Benguet and Cagayan.

In Vigan City, Superintendent Maximo Torricer, Vigan City Chief of Police, has announced that his police forces were already prepared for deployment to the major cemeteries in the city during the All Saints and Souls Day celebrations.

In Metro Manila, the police authorities are on "heightened" alert until November 2 to prevent troublemakers from taking advantage on the situation during the celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Thousands lawmen were deployed in the different cemeteries in Manila to anticipate any terrorists' activities following the intelligence reports that several bomb threats might be happened during the celebrations. (PIA-Ilocos) [top]

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