Disgruntled Angue leaked terror report

A DISGRUNTLED former chief of the National Capital Regional Command (NCRCom) leaked the controversial report confirming that four extremist groups were operating in Metro Manila, a military intelligence officer said yesterday.

Angue may have “planted” one of his supporters in the NCRCom, a source revealed on condition of

“Angue reportedly planted a civilian woman spy in the public information office of the NCRCom. We are investigating what happened and how the report was leaked to the media,” the source said.

A few months ago, Angue complained about the “bata-bata system” in the promotions of officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Public Information Office (PIO) of the NCRCom cancelled a press briefing scheduled at 11 a.m. yesterday purportedly to do some last-minute damage control.  No reason was given for the cancellation.

Military procedures require that the new or acting NCRCom chief Brig. Gen. Romeo Fajardo  release to the media after-tour-of-duty report of his predecessor, former NCRCom chief Major Gen. Arthur Tabaquero.

“The report will have to be sanitized first for media consumption. Unfortunately, what came out was the ‘unsanitized’ one,” the military official said, adding that the AFP is also investigating Tabaquero’s involvement in the leaked report.

A ranking police official, meantime, said the military is using Angue as “scapegoat” in its latest blunder.

“Wala nang maisip na dahilan. Napahiya kasi si (Defense Secretary Voltaire) Gazmin at si President (Benigno) Aquino sa report ni Tabaquero,” the official said.

Tabaquero’s report refuted the earlier pronouncement of Gazmin, who downplayed the travel advisories of the United States, Australia and Britain against the Philippines.

Gazmin likewise dismissed the supposed presence of terror groups in Manila.

Tabaquero’s report identified the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Abu Sayyaf (ASG), Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) and the special operations group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as the terror groups targeting the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas.

“The terrorist groups have continued to use NCR as a transient area and support base to strengthen links with other terrorists,” the report said.

Tabaquero, who took over the NCRCom command last  August 17, now heads the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

The report said, “NCR. . . is a logical target for bombings and other terror attacks for obvious impact effect and media mileage.”

According to the report, copies of which were distributed to defense reporters, “These terror groups have intensified recruitment among Muslim converts,” and that “they have continued their efforts in developing capability to launch terrorist attacks.”

Of the identified terror groups operating in Metro Manila, the RSM was reported to be on lie low “due to the arrest of their key leaders and members.” Anthony Vargas

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