MARAWI Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao - AFP Central Command chief, Maj. Gen. Jon Aying - 3ID commander, Ma. Lina Sanogal - Pro-PIDU action officer, Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales - PRO 18 director and Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo (l-r) at the inter-agency security meeting in Bacolod City yesterday.* ( GPB photo)

AFP ups grip on Visayas

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has tightened its grip on the Visayas to prevent the possible intrusion of ISIS-inspired local terrorist groups, by implementing target hardening measures and other security related activities, as well as involving communities down to the barangay level, in the security aspect.

While the ISIS threat is clear and present, there is no cause for alarm in the three Visayas regions, Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, who is the commanding general of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division said yesterday.

Aying, who presided yesterday over the inter-agency workshop, that was participated in by different state security forces and local government officials of Negros Island Region, admitted that the terrorist group has the capacity to influence, entice or attract more members from communities in Visayas and Luzon. moremoremore

Guv creates
anti-terrorism task force

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has signed an executive order creating the Negros Occidental Task Force for Peace and Security, that will be known as Task Force Buglas, amid the rising threat posed by Islamic extremism.

The task force was created to fight any threat to terrorism down to thebarangay level, Marañon said.

The governor, who signed Executive Order No. 17-16 Series of 2017 on June 8, said the task force was created because there is a need to improve communications and linkages among local government agencies, civil society, people from the communities and law enforcement agencies to ensure safety and security of residents. moremoremore


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Marawi evacuees now 70

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday said that more evacuees from Marawi City arrived in the province.

He said the latest count showed that the 22 evacuees, who came from Marawi City, rose to 70 individuals, as of this time.

They will be subjected to profiling before we extend help to them, Degamo, who attended the inter-agency workshop among state security agencies at a hotel in Bacolod City, said..