Additional security personnel have been deployed in Datu Piang town, Maguindanao to prevent a repeat of Thursday’s attack by suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) terrorists in the locality.
In a statement late Saturday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas said reinforcements from various army and police units have been sent to Datu Piang “to maintain peace and order and established normalcy in the area.”
Sinas said all other nearby municipal police stations in the province were also alerted against similar incidents of armed harassment on civilian communities.
He added that he had already informed Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año that Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) is now closely putting together all facts and evidence “to establish the circumstances surrounding these cases of attempted murder, arson, damage to property, indiscriminate firing, grave threats and intimidation.”
Authorities are looking at political rivalry among local executives of Datu Piang, particularly between the mayor and vice mayor over certain political issues as one of three possible motives behind the attack.Vengeance for the death of BIFF member Abu Suffian in a police operation in Cotabato City on Dec. 1, and personal grudge of some BIFF members against the chief of police of Datu Piang for the recent arrest of two members on drugs and firearms charges are two other possible reasons. SOVEREIGNPH