MANILA-- Law enforcers are closely monitoring two Muslim communities in Quezon City as an early step to prevent the Maute terrorist group from infiltrating Metro Manila.
Mayor Herbert Bautista directed Quezon City Police chief Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar to ensure that the Muslim communities of Culiat and Novaliches would not be infiltrated by any bad elements, more particularly by the Maute terrorist group.
There are unconfirmed reports that some members of Maute group have reached Manila after they managed to slip from the tight cordon of government security forces by mixing up with Marawi City evacuees.
The reports are still under verification. It is still a raw information, There is no proof yet they have landed in Manila, Eleazar assured Bautista.
With this, police are closely monitoring Culiat and Novaliches where Muslim communities can be found in Quezon City.
He said it was only a precaution to avoid further problems in the future as he assured that police were on top of the situation.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, 225 terrorists have been killed since fighting between government troops and the Maute militants erupted on May 23.
The military suffered 59 killed in action, while 26 civilians were also slain during the same period. So far, the military has rescued 1,629 civilians trapped in buildings in the war-torn city.
There are still an undetermined number of civilians being held as human shields by the terrorists.
Source: Philippines News Agency