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New terrorattack looms

  • Written by Efren Montano
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THE terrorist group Daulah Islamiyah, which is linked with the Maute and the Abu Sayyaf groups, has
been plotting to attack another city in the country.

Citing intelligence reports, Presidential  Communications Office (PCO)  Secretary Martin
Andanar  bared this yesterday as he stressed the need to extend martial law in Mindanao, based on the
proposal of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
    
Andanar said the Daulah Islamiyah group has continued its recruitment activities.

“’Yung grupo ng mga tinatawag nating mga terorista na patuloy pa rin, double time yung
kanilang pagre-recruit para dumami pa ’yung mga kapatid nating Muslim na sumama sa Daulah Islamiyah,”
he said.
    
“So ang balita ay lumakas ang kanilang pagre-recruit sa Mindanao. Ang problema nito, may mga
intelligence report na nagpaplano silang umatake sa isa pang siyudad,” he added, but he did not
disclose the name of the city.
    
But he said that the intelligence information is enough reason to increase security in the
country.
    
Military spokesperson Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said the AFP is recommending the
extension of martial law in the entire island of Mindanao.
    
Padilla cited terrorist recruitment and increasing violence from the communist rebels as the
basis of the AFP’s recommendation.
    
Andanar also said that aside from Daulah Islamiyah, groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic
Freedom Fighters and the Abu Sayyaf have likewise posed threats to several areas in Mindanao.

“So therefore, kailangan ma-extend ang martial law sa Mindanao.”
    
Also, Andanar said violence may further persist in Mindanao after the formal termination of
peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-
National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
    
“Nandiyan din yung threat ng CPP-NPA-NDF dahil after na-announce ni Presidente na putulin na,
tapusin na yung peace talks, of course kasama na diyan yung ceasefire, kasama na rin diyan yung
pagbansag sa kanila na terror group.”
    
Andanar clarified that the communist rebels cannot be immediately considered a terrorist group
under the Human Security unless declared by the court.
    
“Once magdesisyon ang korte na gawin nang terror organization itong NDF-CPP-NPA ay magkakaroon
na yan ng hulihan,” he said.
    
“Hindi pa nagbibigay ng go signal ang korte ay tuloy-tuloy yung pag-atake ng CPP-NPA-NDF
especially ng armed component nila sa ating mga kasundaluhan at mga kapulisan at mga pribadong
kumpanya na hindi nagbabayad ng revolutionary tax,” he added.
    
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said last Tuesday that the CPP-NPA has been declared as
a designated, identified terrorist organization, a move which came barely two weeks after Duterte
formally terminated the peace talks with the communist group.
    
“The Office of the President has received the recommendation of the Department of National
Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police regarding the
extension of martial law in Mindanao,”  Roque said in a statement.
    
“The President is studying the recommendations and he is assessing the need for further
extending martial law in Mindanao. PRRD’s paramount concern is the security of our people especially
the Mindanaoans in the face of threats and the use of available means under the law to fight them.”
    
Duterte placed the entire south under military rule after Islamic State sympathizers stormed
Marawi City last May 23. On his request, Congress had extended martial law until December 31.
    
The government declared an end to hostilities in Marawi last October 23, after soldiers killed
extremist leaders.