AFP considers Maguindanao and Cotabato as most threatened areas
admin • October 6, 2017 • 5386
MANILA, Philippines — The military has been diligently monitoring and gathering information to prevent another armed crisis the likes of Marawi siege.
AFP Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla pointed out that the provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato are the most threatened areas to date because of the presence of armed groups supporting Maute terrorists there.
“Because there remains in those areas sizeable numbers of armed men who have pledged allegiance to this — the group who are in Marawi,” said Padilla.
The official also reiterated that martial law in Mindanao is needed to end the atrocities in Mindanao.
“Martial law in Mindanao will not end when the battle in Marawi is over because we still have until the end of the year to do everything we can to prevent this kind of rebellion from happening again,” said the AFP spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the military revealed that certain groups are now being monitored by the AFP for possibly supporting the Maute terrorists.
Padilla said once they have gathered enough evidence, they will proceed to file appropriate legal charges.
“And we’re conducting our thorough research on these people because it may be possible that they had been part or accessory to the rebellion,” said the official. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – A six-month-old infant died due to severe dehydration in Makilala town, Cotabato which was among the areas heavily-hit by earthquakes that jolted Mindanao last month.
According to Sheryl Orbita, acting municipal administrator of Makilala, the baby and her family were staying in a makeshift tent outside their home in Barangay Bulatukan due to aftershocks.
She said the baby had recurring fever and rashes on the body when a volunteer doctor visited their place on Sunday.
“Noong Sunday, nag-request na po yung grandmother ng doctor. Pinuntahan po iyan doon noong Sunday, ang inireklamo po is rashes binigyan naman yun ng gamot,” Orbita said.
But the baby’s condition worsened and was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday. Attending physicians declared the infant dead.
“Noong Martes lang po siya binawian ng buhay dahil po sa dehydration, doon lang po sa bahay nila,” Orbita said.
To prevent a similar incident, local authorities advised parents to immediately seek medical help when their relatives, especially children, feel sick or are manifesting symptoms of illness.
The number of people who died in Makilala, Cotabato due to recent quakes in Mindanao now stands at eight following the death of the infant.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) said that more than a thousand quake victims were provided with free medical help and consultation following reports on the rising number of evacuees who have fallen ill in Makilala.
There are enough relief goods for all quake victims in the town but evacuees are complaining of the heat and cramped situation of families in tents at evacuation centers, on top of the trauma brought about by the recent tremors.
The local government has appealed for more understanding and assured it is now taking action to decongest evacuation centers.
“Alam namin na ‘yun ang nangyayari sa mga evacuation camps… Kaunting tiis lang po kasi ang LGU ng Makilala ay naghahanap na po ng paraan,” Orbita said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Janice Ingente)
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