The strict enforcement of security protocols due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) contagion disrupted not only the military’s operational tempo but also the activities of threat groups operating in Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
Brigadier Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo 2nd, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, said the activities of the threat groups are slowing down because of the many checkpoints set up by the police, Army and local government units in the different municipalities that served also as quarantine checkpoints.
“This was what denied the threat groups of movements to make criminal activities in the province,” he explained.
Cuerpo said they have monitored around 40 to 50 remnants of the Daesh-inspired Maute Group in their operational jurisdiction.
He said the military troops encountered remnants of the Maute Group in the mountainous areas of Piagapo and Madalum just last week that resulted in the death of one soldier and the wounding of five others. An operation against this group is ongoing.
Meanwhile, the 103rd Infantry Brigade continues to play an active role in the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Cuerpo said they had to redirect some of their priorities and actions on Covid-19 response and make adjustments to their operational tempo. He cited that the first three months of the pandemic served as a learning curve for them to adjust their strategies in flushing out the Maute group remnants in the province. SOVEREIGNPH