At least three areas in Mindanao are now being secured to prevent an outbreak of violence there by extremists.
Senator Tito Sotto III, a political ally of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attended a Tuesday security briefing held in Malacanan. Sotto recalls Duterte disclosing new information on possible outbreak of violence in three areas in Mindanao.
AFP intelligence groups obtained information about the possible outbreak of extremist violence in three areas of Mindanao.
Local terror group Maute is still holed up in a mosque with 300 alleged hostages. Fresh hostilities raged in Marawi City on Tuesday, despite attempts made by Maranao residents to go back to their houses, most of which are now destroyed due to incessant air bombings by the military.
Hostilities between the AFP and local terror groups have entered its 70 days. Martial law is still in effect in Mindanao after Congress granted Mr. Duterte’s request for an extension until the end of 2017.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is actively monitoring threat groups particularly former Maoist guerrillas who reportedly joined extreme Islamist groups as “Balik Islam”
PNP NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde disclosed that they are not monitoring any threat ahead of an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in August. However, they are monitoring some members of the disbanded armed group the Alex Boncayao Brigade (ABB) whom they suspect already turned Muslim converts. Several so-called “Muslim enclaves” in Metro Manila are under surveillance.