Amid threats from the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Islamic State-backed Maute terror group, Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center director, Msgr. Meliton Oso, expressed his support for the call by law enforcement to strengthen security in Panay and Guimaras.
The religious leader referenced the recently-launched Protect Panay and Guimaras Movement as a “commitment to the security concerns of the region.”
The group, comprised of Roman Catholic leaders from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo, vowed their support for Police Regional Office-6 (PRO-6) and 301st Infantry Brigade (301IB) of the Philippine Army.
“Our priests can inform all churchgoers,” Oso added.
Aside from terror threats, the Protect Panay and Guimaras Movement will also serve as a community watchdog for corruption and illegal drug trade./WDJ