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
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.