Around 4,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes due to the threat of an alleged leader of terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah in Marogong, Lanao del Sur, the Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO BAR) said Monday.
“Nasa 4,000 residents involving 400 to 450 households of Marogong evacuated,” PRO BAR public information office chief Police Lieutenant Eirene Mazon told GMA News Online in a message.
Mazon said around 20% of the evacuees have already returned to their houses.
At a press briefing in Quezon City, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Benjamin Acorda Jr. said they have already boosted the deployment of police forces and coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to secure the area.
“We have ample of security forces enough really to safeguard yung bayan [the town],” he said.
“We beefed up the police force in the area. We deploy 'yung mga mobile force naitn doon pati [and] one company was deployed there,” he added.
With the alignment of state security forces in the area, authorities are ensuring that the threat will be diffused, the PNP chief said.
In a statement, PRO BAR chief Police Brigadier General Allan Nobleza said an alleged leader of the Dawlah Islamiyah made the threat on social media.
“The National Government, especially the leadership of the PNP, is very much concern about the security and safety of the people of Marogong, considering that the threat posed by DI-MG in this municipality is very eminent because of the pronouncement through the social media of the leader of DI-MG,” Nobleza said without elaborating on the threat.
“We have deployed additional troops to oversee the peace and order in the area,” he added. —KBK, GMA Integrated News