ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has alerted all military units to monitor the presence of Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired groups in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
This was disclosed on Monday by Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, newly-installed AFP chief-of-staff, citing terror threat still exists in the country.
Guerrero was here for his first command visit after he assumed as the new and 49th AFP chief-of-staff on Thursday, October 26.
“Before the Marawi (fighting broke out), we have already monitored that they are moving around the country,” Guerrero disclosed.
“It is highly possible that they have been able to go around to other areas as well,” he added.
He said they are working with all concerned stake holders to prevent and counter violent extremism and to ensure ISIS ideology is not being spread to the other parts of the Philippines.
“Not for now. But we are not discounting the possibility,” he replied when as about terrorists’ threat to attack other areas in the country.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the religious leaders and local government units have joined forces to prevent the infiltration of terrorists in their respective locality.
“They don’t want to experience similar to what happened in Marawi City,” Galvez added.
Guerrero was given honors upon his arrival at Camp Basilio Navarro that houses the Westmincom headquarters in this city.
He met in a closed-door command conference with the unit commanders of Westmincom to be abreast of the prevailing situation in the region.
He relayed to the troops the programs of President Rodrigo Duterte for the AFP during the “talk to the men” activity that followed the conference.
Guerrero, who was accompanied by other AFP officials, later shared a boodle fight lunch with the officers, men and civilians employees of Westmincom. (PNA)