4 suspected MILF fighters sighted in Iloilo

By Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News Iloilo

Posted at Mar 12 2015 07:31 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2015 03:31 AM

ILOILO CITY -- The presence of suspected members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Iloilo City has alarmed the Ilonggo Muslim Community in Iloilo.

According to Ibrahim Bansara, one of the oldest Muslim businessmen in Iloilo, they were alarmed when they heard about the MILF fighters' supposed presence in Iloilo.

Bansara said they came to Iloilo a long time ago to stay away from conflict and harm in Mindanao.

He added that they do not allow MILF fighters within their community to avoid war.

Now that the information has been confirmed by the police, members of the Muslim community has become more cautious and vigilant.

According to Police Senior Supt. Kashmir Disomangcop of Iloilo City Police Office, four suspected MILF members went to Iloilo on board a ship from Cagayan de Oro City.

He added that the suspected MILF members came to Iloilo City unarmed.

Authorities, however, have yet to know their intention for going to Iloilo.

In the meantime, the police have been ordered to strengthen intelligence monitoring, and to intensify police visibility on the streets and crowded areas in the city.