The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has ordered its troops to augment ongoing police efforts against the perpetrator of the second improvised explosive device (IED) attack, which left two people dead and 14 others wounded on Sunday night.
This was disclosed by AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo in a briefing at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Monday.
“We have alerted our troops to augment PNP efforts in the now ensuing police manhunt operations,” Arevalo added.
In line with this, Arevalo said AFP units on the ground have intensified the conduct of checkpoints in all of the town’s entry and exit points.
“We have stepped up further patrols and intelligence efforts,” the AFP spokesperson stressed.
Also, he called on the public to help suppress these kind of terrorist attacks since the targets are civilians.
“While government security forces were not stopping to arrest the criminals, justice will be more swiftly served to the victims if the people will be with us in this fight by discreetly reporting the whereabouts of theses terrorists. Remember Inabanga, Bohol? We urge our communities therefore to UNITE in these attacks by terrorists targeting the lives of our people, their freedom of movement, and the peace in the towns and cities,” the AFP spokesperson stressed.
Arevalo said the military is eyeing the group of BIFF leader Esmael Abdul Malik, a.k.a Abu Toraype, as the perpetrator of the blast.