THE Philippine Coast Guard in Bacolod City is intensifying its intelligence operations in all entry points in Negros Occidental.
Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Vingno, chief of Coast Guard Station- Bacolod, said Monday, June 19, that they will focus on monitoring vessel passengers, following the apprehension of two men and a woman suspected of having links to the Maute terror group, at the Iloilo port Sunday afternoon.
The three suspects, including the alleged sister of the Maute brothers arrived on board 2Go Travel’s St. Therese of the Child Jesus from Cagayan de Oro City around 3:15 p.m. Confiscated from them were some documents and personal belongings.
Authorities are continuously investigating them for their identification and other information.
Vingno said they will concentrate on their intelligence monitoring because it will lead to the arrest of wanted personalities especially those who want to leave Mindanao and will hide in other places.
The Coast Guard Station-Bacolod is closely coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
Vingno said they have sea marshalls on board ships to check the passengers and to verify the possible presence of terrorists as part of their monitoring operations.
All ships from Mindanao are being double-checked because there are some passengers who pass by Iloilo and Bacolod before getting to Manila, he said.
Vingno added that they do not have reports about sightings of terrorists in the province.
Last Monday, four men on board a fishing vessel were seen in Sipalay City around noon time.
The city police checked them and did profiling as they came from Dapitan City.
They reached the province as they were supposed to do fishing before going to Mindoro, Vingno said.
They were investigated and police did not see any threats from them, Vingno added.