Thursday, April 13, 2017

Heightened alert

From the Mindanao Times (Apr 13): Heightened alert

5,000 cops and 1,500 soldiers deployed

LAW ENFORCEMENT units have raised their security alert in time for the observance of the Holy Week.Sr. Insp. Maria Theresa Gaspan, Davao City Police Office spokesperson, told TIMES yesterday police units have been deployed in public areas, among them churches to preempt possible terrorist threats. Gaspan said that police units will also help supervise the traffic, set up checkpoints in coordination with the Task Force Davao and the City Public Safety Command Center.
She added that about half of those 5,000 uniformed personnel that were deployed came from the police office while the others were security volunteers.

She added that the heightened alert is a preventive measure as the police unit has not received any information about any threat.

“We might not have received any report but let us not be complacent,” she said, adding that law enforcers have also intensified intelligence gathering by linking with other law enforcement units.

Gaspan also reminded the residents to secure their houses before embarking on a vacation. “If you are traveling, my caution is for you to be vigilant at all times and make sure that you entrust your homes to your neighbors,” she added.

She also urged the public not to share information about whereabouts in social media because unscrupulous individuals might take advantage.

Col Erwin Bernard Neri, Task Force Davao commander, added that the military has augmented his unit, doubling the number of soldiers deployed in the city to 1,500.

“We have added security personnel in terminals sea ports and airports and we have also intensified checkpoint operations,” Neri said.

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