By Francis Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday denied a news report claiming that the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Basilan has recommended the declaration of a State of Calamity in the province due to military operations there.
In a statement, AFP spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said the news article with a title: “Basilan under state of calamity after military operations” that came out of a news online Monday and published 12:50 p.m. of August 6, 2018 and updated 1:02 p.m. August 6, 2018 (sic) is “untrue”.
Arevalo said the news report went on by saying that, “The provincial board of Basilan declared a state of calamity in the province Monday, August 6, upon the recommendation of the peace and order council. This was after the Armed Forces of the Philippines launched massive operations in the municipality of Mohammad Ajul Municipality.”
Arevalo said no less than Basilan Gov. Jim Hataman-Salliman denied that the declaration was due to the military operations.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has contacted Basilan Governor Jim Hataman-Salliman and he said that the declaration was due to the “cocolisap” infestation and the ensuing rice shortage. He denies though that it is due to the military operations that followed post the Lamitan City Blast,” Arevalo said.
“We demand that Rappler rectify their misleading news report and validate their story with Basilan Gov. Jim Hataman-Salliman,” he added.