Naval forces on red alert amid spate of bombings PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 August 2013 14:30

The Philippine Navy has placed its forces on alert in this part of the region amid the spate of bombings in the different areas of Mindanao.

Rear Admiral Isabelo Gador, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), disclosed that all “assets” of the NFWM command “are strategically being deployed in key areas” as part of the intensified Maritime Surface and Air Patrol in its Area of Responsibility (AOR).

The move is aimed to prevent lawless elements from using the sea lanes in staging atrocities like bombings within its AOR.

The AOR of the NFWM encompasses all the seas within the area of the armed forces’ Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

Gador said all units under his command, including the marine forces in the provinces of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, have been ordered to be extra vigilant and “ready to respond to any emergency situation.”

Gador said that the NFWM’s Quick Reaction Force composed of the Naval Special Operation Unit-6 (NAVSOU-6) and the Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPACs) are also placed on alert.

“They are on standby and ready for dispatch,” Gador added.

Aside from that, Gador said he has ordered an intensive intelligence gathering that could be useful for timely response against any atrocities to be carried out by the lawless elements.

Five bombing incidents have rocked Mindanao since July 26 until early Saturday, August 10, that killed 16 people and injured 83 others including seven soldiers.