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Mindanao forces placed on ‘heightened alert’

Government security forces have been placed on “heightened alert” even as government officials said they have yet to confirm the involvement of Daesh extremists in the Middle East to the “car bombing” that killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded five others on the island province of Basilan in Mindanao on Tuesday morning.

In particular, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he ordered that all military camps to implement such alert to prevent a repetition of the tragedy amid increasing fears that it could be the first-ever case of “suicide bombing” in the country.

The alert was declared over the whole of Mindanao including Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte Lorenzana acknowledged they have yet to confirm the Daesh claim but also pointed out that they were not discounting such possibility.

In this light, Lorenzana appealed to the public not to rush to any conclusions, saying: “I enjoin everyone not to jump to conclusions and just allow our investigators to do their job.” Meanwhile, military and police officials said that among the stringent security measures they have already implemented included the establishment of new as well as the strengthening of old checkpoints and more foot and mobile police patrols especially in densely populated areas.

They also sought the co-operation of residents by reporting to the police and military the presence of “suspicious-looking” persons in their communities as well as provide them with information that could lead to the arrest of those behind the bombing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would imagine that this is more than a little scary for Filipino residents of Mindanao.