Daily Archives: June 1, 2017

Wescom intensifying public partnerships to deter terroristic acts

QUEZON CITY, June 1  (PIA) — The Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is strenghtening partnerships with various sectors in Palawan to ensure public safety throughout the province.

Wescom Commander Lieutenant General Raul Del Rosario met recently with yacht owners and discussed the measures being implemented to discourage terroristic or kidnap for ransom activities.

Palawan is not under Martial Law, but Wescom, the Philippine National Police (PNP), including its maritime groups, the Philippine Coast Guard, local governments and other allied organizations, have been on alert throughout the summer vacation period to ensure the security of both local communities and tourists.

This was weeks ahead before some foreign embassies issued travel advisories on Palawan after authorities foiled an Abu Sayyaf activity in Bohol.In an interview with Radyo ng Bayan last weekend, Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre hailed the efforts of the military and police for keeping Palawan safe.

He added that despite the travel advisories, Palawan’s popular tourist destinations were filed with visitors.

Asec  Alegre said the public must know the efforts of law enforcers to bring areas of conflict back to business just like what the military is doing in Marawi City. (LP/Wescom/PBS-DZRB)


Wescom: ready for deployment in conflict areas

QUEZON CITY, June 1 (PIA) — The AFP Western Command is prepared to send reinforcements to  Marawi City when the need arises.

“Western Command remains on heightened alert, as it has always been in the past few months, against any threat group in the Province of Palawan. This Command is also on alert and in coordination with other AFP units and other law enforcement agencies in Mindanao should there be a need to reinforce our troops there and to deny access to the enemies of the state from entering Palawan,” Wescom said in a statement issued early this week.

The Command likewise appealed to the public to “remain calm and vigilant” and urged to them “to provide information or incident that may be related to  safety and security.”

Meanwhile, the military managing the recovery of Marawi City said clearing operations continues in a number of sections where remnants of the Maute group are believed to be hiding.  (LP/Wescom)