WV cops on standby for Marawi deployment

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A POLICE officer checks the identity of a resident against a chart with images of “local terrorists” at a checkpoint at the entrance to Iligan City on Monday, after local authorities locked down the city due to a terror threat. Additional troops have been deployed in Marawi by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in an attempt to neutralize the Maute group. (Ted Aljibe/AFP)

THERE’S no word yet on the possible deployment of Western Visayas police officers to conflict-torn Marawi City in Mindanao.

But Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), said they have prepared a company-size unit in case there is sudden deployment of troops from other region.

“We don’t want to be caught unprepared,” Gorero said.

In the case of Zamboanga Siege in September 2013, PRO-6 sent 100 personnel who were not completely prepared for Mindanao deployment.

“Right now, even if there is no advice for possible deployment, we prepared our personnel to undergo a refresher course,” Gorero said.

The course would tackle combat operations and orientation on the Muslim culture.

The company-size PRO-6 troops will be led by six officers.

The personnel were pulled out from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 6 (RPSB) and provincial public safety companies in Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, and Capiz.

Amidst their preparation, Gorero said they are still hoping that the peace and order situation in Marawi City would improve soon.

Gorero maintained that there is no threat that violence in Marawi City will spill over to Region 6.

PRO6 was placed on full alert status in a bid to muster all available personnel.

Field commanders have already visited Muslim communities in the area of responsibility to seek for their support in the fight against terrorism and banditry.



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