PNP profiling ‘sympathizers’ of slain Iran commander Soleimani

Rambo Talabong
PNP profiling ‘sympathizers’ of slain Iran commander Soleimani
PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says they have not monitored any threats in the Philippines so far

 

MANILA, Philippines – To quash possible threats after the killing of Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has commenced profiling groups that “might sympathize” and retaliate.

“The PNP is profiling possible threats, possible groups who might sympathize,” PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa said in a Camp Crame press briefing on Monday, January 6. (READ: Duterte to AFP: Be ready to evacuate Filipinos if Middle East tensions rise)

Why the possible threat? Soleimani is one of the most powerful military figures in the Middle East as he commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, which focuses on unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations.

The fear of a backlash has been enough for the United States to order all Americans to flee from Iran’s neighboring country, Iraq. In the Philippines, Gamboa said there is no “direct threat or implication” so far. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.