LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol was placed on full alert on Saturday in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration placing the entire country under a “state of lawlessness” after a bomb exploded before midnight on Saturday at a night market area in Davao City.
Sr. Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5), said the thousand strong police forces in the entire region were placed under 24/7 full alert status.
Calubaquib, quoting a directive from the Philippine National Police (PNP) central headquarters at the National Capital Region (NCR) said all regional as well as provincial, city and town police units were directed to strengthen and fortify all police stations, detachments and camps against possible terrorist attacks in their respective areas.
She said they were directed to “set up checkpoints and deploy police patrols in areas of convergence and vital infrastructure installations such as power and communication lines.”
The nationwide full alert declaration called on the Bicol police regional director, the six provincial police directors in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate and Catanduanes, including the chiefs of police in Bicol’s 108 towns and six cities to “closely supervise and intensify their security measures in airports, seaports, bus and public utility terminals, malls and public places.”
Calubaquib said police checkpoints would be set up in all major road networks in the six provinces of Bicol.
“While conducting checkpoints they were ordered to exercise extreme caution and told to coordinate with the military and other agencies,” she said.
Earlier, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) here issued a warning to the public to be cautious in going to malls following unconfirmed reports about a possible bomb threat by suicide bombers from Mindanao who wanted to sow terror in this premier city.
The NBI, however, later lifted the alarm status after it verified that the report was a hoax.
“The Joint Police Security Coordinating Council or JPSCC would hold simulation and communication exercises for effective coordinated security measures,” added Calubaquib. (PNA) RMA/GVR/MSA/cbd/rsm