JI can't sow terror now, military claims

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 05 2013 04:10 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2013 12:10 AM

MANILA - The military on Monday assured the public that the country's security forces are always on its toes and keeping watch even before the global network was activated after the jailbreak of Al-Qaeda members in Baghdad, Iraq.

"We are intensifying our monitoring activities in order to preempt any of their planned actions to be conducted," said Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala of the Armed Forces Public Information Office.

"We have to also have a realization that terrorism is in our midst," he said.

Zagala urged greater vigilance among citizens to combat the threat of terrorism.

Al-Qaeda has a known terrorist cell in Southeast Asia, Jemaah Islamiyah. But Zagala said the group has no mobility at this time to sow terror in the country.

"We are monitoring the activities of JI personalities and and although I cannot reveal to you the specifics of this monitoring, we want to ensure everyone that their movements are very limited and confined to certain areas only and they do not have the freedom to conduct/plan terroristic acts as they used to do in the past," he said.

The AFP has not been able to link the recent bombing in Cagayan de Oro to Jemaah Islamiyah, as they are still in the process of awaiting the result of investigation being conducted by police authorities.