Iloilo City and Boracay Island are among the “soft targets” for attacks by terrorist groups, according the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).
PRO-6 Director Chief Superintendent Jose Gentiles, in an interview over radio station Bombo Radyo-Iloilo, said they received reports that terrorist groups are planning to carry out terror attacks in the city and the island, two of Western Visayas’ top tourist destinations.
He, however, said that the reports are “unverified and invalidated.”
Gentiles assured the public that security measures are in place to protect them from terror attacks.
The regional director said he will not allow the Abu Sayyaf group to establish its presence in the region.
On April 10, a group of gunmen, believed to be members of local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, sailed into the Bohol town of Inabanga going upriver toward a remote section of the island aboard three fast boats, an Agence France-Presse report said.
The Abu Sayyaf Group is known for bombings and kidnap-for-ransom activities.
The clash between government troopers and suspected Abu Sayyaf men resulted casualties on both sides. IMT