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after Marawi bombing

The Philippine Army in Negros Oriental has intensified border security in the Province to avert possible terror attacks similar to the Dec. 3 bombing of Mindanao State University in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Joey Escanillas, the Army’s 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said additional checkpoints have been set up at key entry and exit points of the province.

“We have deployed explosive-detecting dogs at bus stations, like in Dumaguete and at the city port to check on luggage,” General Escanillas said.

He noted that checkpoints are still present in strategic locations even after the Oct. 30 elections for village and youth leaders.

Stringent security checks on private and public vehicles are also being conducted at the borders between Basay, Negros Oriental and Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental; between Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental; and at the Pandanon crossing in Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

General Escanillas clarified, however, that the military has not received any intelligence reports of potential terror threats in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, he said they welcome the announcement of President Marcos Jr. for exploratory peace talks with some extremist groups, specifically the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, whose presence continues to be felt on Negros Island.

In the 302nd Brigade area of responsibility, only the NPA’s Southwest Guerilla Front remains active, as the Southeast Front and the Bohol Party Committee in Bohol have been declared dismantled. (Judy F. Partlow/PNA)

 

 

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