Military rules out ‘imminent’ terror threat in Visayas

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The Philippine military has ruled out the possibility of any “imminent” terror threats in the Visayas, but called on to improve coordination with other provinces to avoid spill over of Mindanao-based extremist groups.

“There is no imminent threat. Attack is possible, but not likely,” Major General Jon Aying, Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division commander said.

“That is why, we have to improve our structures, coordination and resiliency to insulate our provinces and regions from the Mindanao spill over,” Aying said.

Aying is in charge of securing the safety of provinces in Western and Central Visayas.

Mindanao-based extremist rebel Maute, an ISIS-linked group, is currently still causing conflict in Marawi City even amid the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.