The Regional Director of PRO9 PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN has placed the whole police units in the area of responsibilities on full alert status following the latest encounter incident transpired at Barangay Basak Malutlut, Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur on May 23, 2017 between the members of the Philippine Army and PNP personnel of Marawi City Police Station and lawless armed groups believed to be ISIS-inspired groups, Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group.
PDG RONALD M DELA ROSA, Chief PNP, in his statement, "the Marawi incident is contained, rest assured that the perpetrators of this criminal act will yield and face the strongest force of the law. We appeal to the citizenry and all agents of peace to resist all forms of terror acts while our collective energies will be our shield against fear, disinformation and any form, size, shape and color of terrorism. The first line of defense against terrorism is a vigilant, alert, aware, deliberate, resilient and strong citizenry", the Chief PNP said.
Meanwhile, PCSUPT BILLY B BELTRAN, has directed all its personnel to implement 24/7 conduct of checkpoint at strategic locations and strengthened its target hardening measures on all vital installations, government offices, business establishments, bus terminals, ports and coastal areas.
He also directed all the police units to ensure high state of operational readiness to deter criminal activities and thwart any hostile action that may launch by terror groups.
As this developed, the PRO9 Regional Director encourages the public to report any suspicious activities of individuals/ groups immediately to the authorities or to the nearest police station and to the PNP hotline numbers 911 / 09178475757 / 09175062000 / KKK Mobile Apps.