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Saturday, December 30, 2006

 

AFP vows vigilance on Rizal Day 

 
GOVERNMENT security forces will remain vigilant against possible attacks that Islamic militant groups might stage during the sixth anniversary of the deadly Rizal Day bombing.

The Armed Forces chief of staff, Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., said that military intelligence operatives have been working hard to prevent any deadly terror attacks on Saturday.

“We are assuring you that intelligence personnel and other troops are doing something and we’re doing our best that such bombings won’t be repeated,” Esperon told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

A spokesman for the military’s National Capital Regional Command (NCRCOM) said that six teams along with bomb and medical teams will be deployed to secure Fort Bonifacio and the Rizal Shrine at the Luneta.

“This is to deter or prevent terrorists and criminals and ill-willed individuals or groups from taking advantage,” said by NCRCOM spokesman, Col. Steven Sabando.

Esperon said that although their alert level against terror is on the lowest, security forces won’t be too complacent and will continue to be vigilant against terrorist plans.

“As of now we are on low terror alert… nevertheless that should be no reason to be complacent about terrorist plans, that’s why we will be in an alert status,” said Esperon.

But he was mum about whether the military or other security agencies are monitoring some alleged plans by terrorist groups to stage new attacks.

“Let’s not talk about that at the moment… that’s very operational. Rest assured that law enforcement, security and defense agencies are always in tandem. Our coordination is very close,” said Esperon.

On December 30, 2000, Metro Manila was rocked by a series of explosions targeting a packed commuter train station in Manila and several populous areas in the metropolis.

The series of explosions were jointly staged by renegade members of a Muslim separatist groups, the Indonesian based terror group Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf group.
--Anthony Vargas

   
 

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