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NCRPO makes sure terrorists who fled Mindanao won’t sow terror here

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is constantly coordinating with Muslim leaders in Metro Manila to ensure that terrorists who have fled Mindanao could not sow terror in the capital region.
Director Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO chief, said the command has been pro-active in ensuring public safety and order as evidenced by the arrest over the weekend of Maute-Islamic State sub-leader Abadul Nasser Lomondot and his wife in Divisoria, Manila.
In fact, he said the NCRPO has not lowered its alert level following reports that 313 remnants of the Maute-IS have evaded government security forces during the Marawi City siege.
“That’s the main reason why we have not downgraded our full alert status,” Albayalde said.
“These arrests show our pro-active stance here. We cannot afford to be reactive,” he added.
Police said Lomondot is one of the 10 sub-leaders of the Maute-IS who fled Marawi City where he led the attack of a Civilian Auxiliary Detachment in Barangay Mantapoli in Marantao, Lanao del Sur during the siege.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, however, said Lomondot has been in Manila since January not to wreak havoc but to seek refuge.
Albayalde said they have not identified other terrorists who may have sought refuge in Manila but the command has constant coordination with imams or Muslim leaders in major Islamic centers in Metro Manila.
He added they are monitoring around 70 enclaves in Metro Manila where terrorists may seek refuge and shelter.
“We have not identified anyone staying in Metro Manila. What we do is we monitor possible hiding places,” Albayalde said.
Among the areas being monitored are big Muslim centers in Quiapo in Manila; Maharlika in Taguig City and Culiat in Quezon City.
“We have very good collaboration with the whole community against terrorism,” he added.

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