Following the travel alert to Palawan recently issued by the US and UK Embassy, the province’s main security players have strengthened their effort in combating terrorism threats in Southern Palawan.
Led by Joint-Task Group South, Marine Batallion Landing Team 4, Task Force Peacock and Western Command, and in partnership with local government units, municipal police stations and other stakeholders in Palawan, the group, according to MBLT 4 Capt. Wanel Ansa, discussed the province’s security concerns in a forum held on Tuesday at Rio Tuba, Bataraza.
Ansa clarified that prior to the issuance of the said travel advisory, the armed forces were already “in placed” in south Palawan with no particular town considered as a “special area of concern.”
“Pantay-pantay naman po ‘yan, ang pag-exert namin ng effort from Aborlan down to Balabac. Wala talagang kino-consider na pinaka-vulnerable talaga,” he said in a phone interview with Palawan News.
Ansa also echoed the statement of Western Command’s chief LtGen Raul del Rosario that Palawan is safe despite terrorism threat.
Meanwhile, Bataraza Mayor Abraham Ibba said the forum will really help in strengthening security measures in his town.
“Napaka-effective nito. Sana nga wala talagang mangyari [terrorism attack]. At walang imposible sa pagtutulungan ng lahat,” he said, adding that it is good to feel the military and police’s presence in the area.
“Ramdam ko na may kakampi tayo,” he said.
The security group is also set to conduct the same type of forum in Northern Palawan on a yet undisclosed date.