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PIA Press Release
2008/10/08

Army, police fortify defenses against LMG attack

ICC General Santos City (8 October) -- Government authorities here assured the tight implementation of security measures following the latest attack of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels Saturday night in Kiamba town, Sarangani.

At a press conference on Bomb Threats and Security Awareness at Camp Fermin Lira here, PSSupt. Robert Po, city police director said police intelligence is strong enough to prevent any plan of harassment by lawless MILF group (LMG) within the city.

He said his men together with the military and force multipliers are working hard to gather information on the ground and strengthen its intelligence database.

Po added that his policemen now and then undergo seminar and training to boost knowledge on the latest trends of improvised explosive device (IED). "Anu-ano ba itong mga hitsura ng IED na ginagamit ngayon ng lawless elements… Pinapaalam natin sa mga kapulisan ang mga latest techniques at hitsura at kung paano itinatago itong mga IED," he told media.

According to Po, police also share their learning to civilians for information and security awareness after training or seminar.

PSupt. Franklin Alvero, PNP XII explosive ordnance division (EOD) chief, explained that in intelligence what is being sought after, is prevention of any harassment or attacks by government foes.

"Lahat ng members ng community may obligasyon sa pagbabantay ng seguridad," he said urging the public to help police in capturing criminals and securing peace and order in the city.

Alvero said that if anyone sees a suspicious item, "that item should be cordoned 100 yards away from people and nobody should be allowed to come near it."

When it comes to IED, he prodded people to be always reminded of the acronym RAIN which means Recognize what one sees; Avoid and don't touch suspicious object; Isolate people from the object; and Notify authorities.

"Individual vigilance is the best protection. If you are not sure of the contents of the item then don't touch it," said TSG Manuel Bandojo, team supervisor, 72nd EOD Team, EOD Battalion, Army Support Command.

Meanwhile Joint Task Force (JTF) GenSan Operations Officer Capt. Emmanuel Garcia articulated that the task force in cooperation with the city police "is conducting checkpoint operations and security patrols in the city and in adjacent areas aside from foot and motorbike patrols."

He said JTF also provides "security to key business establishments and vital installations and gather useful information for dissemination to business and individual persons."

"Kaya ang mga tao ay safe po dito. General Santos City is as safe or as dangerous as any other city in the world," he said.

Garcia said General Santos City is even safer than New York City citing its statistics of 19 people being killed everyday. "That is common crime lang, dito sa GenSan wala pong ganon, so GenSan is safe and business is really blooming."

Asserting of police preparedness when it comes to security threats, Col. Danny Reyes, regional police information chief, said PNP XII has its own counter security plan "na ginagawa ng different field commanders as protective measures" to deter any acts of terrorism.

"So far maganda naman ang naging resulta wala naman pong iba pang nangyari na hindi natin inaasahang bagay," he further stressed.

Reyes said the entire police force in region XII under the leadership of PCSupt. Felizardo Serapio Jr. remains tough, unperturbed, and always ready to serve and protect the people from any possible attack. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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