Police in red alert status-A A +A
Friday, August 17, 2012
CHIEF Superintendent Gil Hitosis said the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao remains in heightened alert status following the ambush incident in Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi City last week.
“Naghahanda lang tayo para mabantayan ang ganuong pangyayari or possible spillover (We are just preparing for such attacks or possible spillover),” Hitosis told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
He belied some reports, though, that an armed group is set to launch possible attacks in Iligan City, Lanao, Kauswagan, Munai and other areas.
He said they have not received such report, clarifying that the heightened alert is but a normal response and preventive measure as an offshoot to the MSU-Marawi incident.
Last August 8, suspected members of a criminal syndicate ambushed a group of Army soldiers patrolling in the vicinity of the MSU’s main campus, killing at least three soldiers and wounding 10 others.
According to reports, at least 20 students were hurt in the crossfire and two soldiers were seriously wounded.
“Before pa nangyari ang MSU incident, naka-heightened alert na tayo (We were on heightened alert even before the MSU incident),” Hitosis added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 17, 2012.