On the threat of terrosism and sudden spike of messages and social media posts pointing on specific targets of terrorists that tends to alarm people unnecessarily, Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, the Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu advises the people of Sulu.

“All information are being validated. The public is advised not to panic but be vigilant and alert. Report any suspicious individuals/groups or unattended bags or package to authorities. Do not touch or remove unattended packages.

The public is also advised to do their daily routine activities unless dire circumstances prevent them from doing such.

The aim of terrorists is to sow fear and panic by means of bloodshed, destruction and intimidation. If we subscribe to their threat even without them actually doing it, they succeeded in disturbing our way of life.

If you receive text or any information about supposed terror threat, send it to the AFP and PNP for validation. It is also wise not to spread text or any message that specifically details a supposed terroristic attack on a specific establishment as this may only be a ploy by some interest groups riding on the issue.

The fight against terror is everyone’s responsibility and we must unite against terrorism.

We hope this will help our people and the different communities. Rest assured that your soldiers and policemen are on the double finding bits and pieces of information in order to protect our communities.”

This is the appeal of Brig. Gen. Dela Vega in series of community gatherings with the latest in the Provincial Peace and Order Council attended by more than a hundred public officials, health workers, teachers, NGOs and other stakeholders called by Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II 9am to 1230pm Wednesday.

POC: Col Rodrigo Gregorio, PIO, JTF Sulu 09175595622

Released by: Information Support Team, JTF Sulu