Police and military authorities in Region 12 were placed under heightened alert status following reports that a fundamentalist group planned to attack and destroy power lines and private installations in some areas.
The alert status covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and cities of General Santos, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal,Cotabato and Midsayap following reports that the group is out to paralyze the power lines of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the National Power Corporation (NPC), as well as the cell site towers of two telecommunication companies located in strategic areas of Central Mindanao region.
A reliable source from the military revealed that there is an evaluated information the newly organized sympathizers and followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will carry out the plan having the terror attack in Paris on Saturday as the signal.
The plan of the attack is reportedly being set either by Christmas eve or on the day of 2016 election.
But military forces in their command headquarters are confident they are ready to foil any attempt to compromise peace and security of the people in the Central Mindanao region, including Zamboanga area.
The ISIS is said have infiltrated the areas of Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, and cities of Zamboanga and Cotabato according to an army intelligence report. Its members are believed to be activist groups from various educational institutions in Mindanao who want to create a wider scale of hostilities in the region.
Prepared for eventualities
Central Mindanao Philippine National Police Regional 12 Director Chief Superintendent Lester Camba, in a common statement, denied the report, acknowledging the threat to security is always present.
“I believe that this security threat is always prevailing, especially during election season, but we are always prepared especially when it comes to election-related violence,” he said on the phone interview.