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Public told remain alert

The public should remain alert but not alarmed following the foiled Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol as the government is “in control” of the security situation, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said government forces have thwarted the “evil plans” of the armed group and will continue to take action to keep the country’s peace and order.

“The public should have no cause for alarm as the situation is contained and our security forces are in control. The government is exerting all efforts to maintain peace and order,” Abella said.

“We encourage everyone to keep calm but remain alert and vigilant and to report to authorities information on any possible threat to public safety,” he said.

Malacañang, meantime, has praised the government troops for their swift action against the bandits as well as thanked the local community for cooperating with authorities.

“The Palace commends the timely action of our military and police that thwarted the evil plans of some armed lawless elements to sow fear and terror in the province of Bohol,” Abella said.

“We also laud the vigilance and cooperation of local communities that led to the rapid deployment of security forces against these bandits,” he added.

Abella also paid tribute to the heroism of the government troops slain during the firefight with the armed group. (Genalyn Kabiling)

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