The military deployed personnel to Quezon City on Friday to help police secure vital installations, including critical government offices, from possible terror attacks just as troops moved to quell terror groups in restive Mindanao.
“We have sent troops to Quezon City Police District. We will fight the intention of those who want to sow terror. We are always in support of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office) as far as safety and public order is concerned in Metro Manila,” according to Brig. Gen. Jesus Mananquil, commander of the military's joint Task Force NCR.
The NCRPO was placed under full alert earlier this week as police guarded against groups who might take advantage of the situation in Marawi City.
Clashes between government troops and terrorists from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups on Tuesday prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.
Aside from soldiers, bomb-sniffing dogs will be deployed to bus terminals and commercial centers in Quezon City, City Hall said in statement Saturday.
Quezon City is the biggest and most populous city in Metro Manila. It is host to several critical installations such as the La Mesa Dam, the House of Representatives, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, major broadcast networks, specialty hospitals and several national government agencies.
On Tuesday, QC Mayor Herbert Bautista directed the NCRPO to intensify mobile and foot patrols and set up checkpoints as precautionary measures following the Marawi City clashes.
“Hindi natin kailangan maging alarmists para doon sa mga mamamayan natin. Everything is ok naman dito. But we have to be prepared,” Bautista said, who also chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council.
“We are saddened by what happened in Marawi. We are praying that it will be solved as soon as possible time. But, we are vigilant na hindi ito mangyari sa Metro Manila,” he said in a statement.