Security forces in Bohol have monitored 45 instances of security threat in the province from first quarter to the third quarter of this year, based on a report rendered by the local military team to the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) recently.
Lt. Col. Eufracio Joel Malig Jr. of the Philippine Army reported to the council meeting that out of the 45 instances, 22 events involved sightings or movements of armed groups in the province.
However, the army officer stopped short of saying Bohol is no longer insurgency-free. Despite the sightings, the province remains free from the influence of communist groups.
During the past month, the Army monitored some legal front activities. Most of the movements from legal fronts were in line with the celebration of the Bonifacio Day and Christmas parties of the progressive groups.
Malig said information from a reliable source said Kabatan-onan Para saKausabansaNasud (KAPAKANAN) and the Bansiwag organization, a provincial youth sector group operating in Bohol, conducted a yearly assembly in Tagbilaran City.
The military monitored the activity of the group which was to stage a rally during the commemoration of the Bonifacio Day. The group staged a cultural show.
It was learned a solicitation letter was obtained by the military purportedly coming from the group KAPAKANAN dated November 26, provided by a source.
The letter was asking for support from organizations and other allied people’s organizations in different towns and villages in the provinces. It was believed the funds solicited will be utilized by the group for mobilization, rentals of venue, meals and other expenses, said the military.
About 100 members of KAPAKANAN gathered in November in connection with the 7th Congressional Provincial Assembly Meeting to plan the mobilization of their members in denouncing the alleged extra-judicial killings of the Duterte administration and to protest the continued presence of the military in the rural areas of Bohol.
The military monitored another activity this time by the Bayawahan Farmers Organization in Sevilla, Bohol. The group was planning their Christmas party. The group also discussed the status of their communal farm, livelihood project, and recovery of former mass supporters.