CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 28 (PIA) – Manuel Orduña, regional director of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)-10 confirmed there is a sold intelligence community in Region 10 that is why there was no spillover of Maute group in Iligan City or Cagayan de Oro when Marawi siege happened a year ago.
In a media forum, Talakayan sa PIA on June 20, Orduña said Filipinos must be very proud and thankful to the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region for providing the highest security and intelligence group in a time like that of Marawi siege.
Right now, there is an ongoing Information Education Campaign on Security headed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to discuss three things: drugs, criminality and threat groups.
He said this campaign is being cascaded to schools because based on findings, the youth is the most vulnerable target of terrorist groups and communist-terrorist group for recruitment.
Also, this is a collaborative effort not just with AFP, PNP, and PDEA but this time other government agencies such as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Commission on Higher Education (Ched), Department of Education (Deped) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) are involved.
Orduña said Cagayan de Oro is still not free from threats especially because the city is near Lanao del Sur where military operations are still ongoing from remnants of the Maute group, terrorist accomplices are mostly apprehended in the city and communist-terrorist groups are still lurking in the hinterlands and countryside.
Hence, security group in the region is very solid.
For the communist terrorist group, all they do is propaganda. These groups are just exploiting people, he said.
We have problems like this “kasi may mga taong nag uudyok.. kasi gusto nila mamuno (There are people who provoke because they want to rule over).”
The regional director added there are still many issues. Some people urges Filipinos to revolt because the country is poor but Philippines is so rich.
“We are rich in seawater, land, and water. If you throw a seed in the land, it will grow,” he said. (JMOR/PIA10)
By Jasper Marie O. Rucat