Curfew up in ARMM operations center in Cotabato City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 January 2012 16:44

The police and the 7th Marine Battalion will jointly impose starting next week a curfew inside the 32-hectare operations center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao  in Cotabato City due to mounting bomb threats, officials said.

Lawyer Anwar Malang, the newly-appointed executive secretary of ARMM, said they will, however, see to it that the security measures to be imposed will not curtail the access and ingress of people that are to transact with any of the offices inside the regional government compound.

Malang said the decision to impose a curfew from dusk to dawn during workdays and weekends was made after unidentified suspects blasted a Mark-2 fragmentation grenade  at eastern side of the ARMM compound last Monday.

There were four recent attempts, prior to the grenade attack, to bomb different spots inside the compound using supposedly powerful improvised explosive devices fashioned from live 81 millimeter mortar projectiles rigged with battery-operated blasting mechanisms attached to mobile phones.

The IEDs were found and promptly defused by Army ordnance operatives before they could explode.

Malang said Hataman has ordered all chiefs of support offices and regional secretaries of different line agencies under the Office of the Regional Governor to devise an identification system for their respective personnel organizations to prevent any undue intrusion into the ARMM compound of unidentified people.

“We are still in the process of establishing a system that would not deprive joggers and sports enthusiasts that come early and do their exercises inside the regional compound,” Malang said.

Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, regional director of the ARMM police, said a platoon-size contingent of battle-ready policemen from Camp S.K. Pendatun in Parang, Maguindanao has been deployed at the area to help the office of Hataman impose a curfew meant to ensure the safety of employees of different offices in the compound. — Felix Ostrea