The Western Command is denying rumors and text messages currently circulating among the public regarding the supposed attempt of the rebel group Abu Sayyaf to penetrate the town of Coron, Palawan.
Lt. Col. Sonny Gonzales, acting spokesperson of WESCOM, vehemently denied such report in a press conference held today, April 19, at the WESCOM Headquarters in Puerto Princesa City.
“Walang sightings, nagva-validate pa tayo sa ngayon at nakikipag-coordinate din tayo sa ibang intelligence unit para malaman natin kung may ASG talaga para at least maging pro-active tayo,” said Lt.Col. Gonzales.
Despite such statement, all military units are nonetheless currently patrolling strategic points in the province.
Gonzales has also cautioned everyone to be extra mindful of people whose faces are not familiar in their area, particularly if their actions are somehow suspicious. He also advised the public to stay calm as the reports are still unconfirmed. However, he has called the cooperation of all sectors including resort owners.
“Kailangan natin ng collaborative actions dito. ‘Di lang security sectors, pati na rin yung mga mamamayan at mga resort owners,” Gonzales said