President Duterte has declared a full-scale war against Mindanao’s terrorist groups.

Joining the battalion are Bicolano soldiers who will face the members of Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group which are held responsible for a series of kidnappings and terroristic acts in Mindanao.

former head of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division and now commanding officer of the military’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom), Maj. Gen. Manolito Orense would be in Butig, Lanao del Sur province, where the Maute group operates.

He said the Maute group have allied with international terrorist group Islamic State (IS),  and that they have been a longtime security problem in Lanao del Sur.

Bicol’s Philippine National Police was placed in full alert on Saturday following the attack which killed 14 and injured 74.

Bicol soldiers join Duterte’s war against terror
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Senior Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, regional PNP spokesperson, said the highest state of alert has been declared in the region, which would put the entire regional police force on 24-hour duty.

The Maute Grou was reported to have raided Lanao del Sur provincial jail and helped their allies who were detained escape on Aug. 27.

Abu Sayyaf had issued a denial of involvement in the Davao bombing yet authorities are looking into the group who were leading kidnappings and beheadings in Mindanao.

According to Orense, the 49th Infantry Battalion would reinforce the 101st Brigade in providing security in the Lanao area after the raid on the provincial jail in Lanao del Sur. He added that the 49th IB was selected for its record in combat, discipline and teamwork.

All regional and provincial, city, town police units were directed to fortify all police stations, detachments and camps against possible terror attacks.

Bicol PNP would also set up checkpoints in strategic areas.

Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Quidilla, commanding officer of the 9th ID said the full alert status would not compromise the ceasefire with the New People’s Army.

“The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) shall continue to perform its mandate of protecting the people and the communities through the conduct of security operations focused on the neutralization of threats to national security such as the ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) and other terrorist groups, and the protection of communities,” he said.

He also said that soldiers would also ensure “the security of government facilities, military camps, development and economic infrastructures and flagship projects against any armed attacks or sabotage.” MJM

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