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Pagadian City police on full alert amid text messages of impending MNLF attack
The online news portal of TV5

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur -- The local police force on Tuesday have been placed on full alert after text messages circulated that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels will attack in this city.

Local police commander Supt. Glenn Dulawan said the command has placed on alert all personnel since he is not taking any chances even as his office is still validating the veracity of the text messages.

The text messages circulated in this city after firefight broke out Monday after hundreds of MNLF rebels loyal to the front’s founding leader Nur Misuari infiltrated Zamboanga City.

The text message warned that the MNLF forces will stage an attack as well as set off bombs in at least nine barangays and they will not stop until they will conquer this city.

Dulawan said his personnel were deployed in strategic places and established checkpoints to monitor and prevent the possible intrusion of MNLF rebels under his area of responsibility.

He said his men are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with other concerned agencies to ensure the security and safety of this city.

Meanwhile, he appealed the public to immediately report to them any presence of suspicious armed men in their respective barangays through hotline numbers: +639499533159 (Smart) for Pagadian City Police Office and +639999973709 (Smart) for Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Police Office.