Albayalde allays fears over ISIS cells in Luzon

Published May 25, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Aaron B. Recuenco

Director-General Oscar Albayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has allayed fears over the threat of ISIS sleeper cells in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, following the recent arrest of a Maute Group member in Quezon City.

Albayalde said there is no cause for alarm as both the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are exerting all efforts to deny terror group the opportunity to conduct atrocities in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

“We focus on intensifying intelligence-gathering and that is the reason why there are several people who were already arrested here in the National Capital Region,” said Albayalde.

He was referring to the recent arrest of members Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Maute Group, the latest of which was the capture of Unday Macadato of the Maute Group who was collared in Cubao in Quezon City.

“These are but indications that we have good partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Albayalde. “They (members of extremist groups) know that we are tightly guarding Luzon, especially Metro Manila,” he added.