CAMP GENERAL ARTEMIO RICARTE, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, August 13 -- Western Command (Wescom) remains on heightened alert and continues to tighten its security posture in Palawan against all forms of threats, amidst circulating information on probable kidnapping in the Province.
"Wescom is grateful to our security partners and concerned citizens for proactively sharing with us vital security information. WESCOM is validating all these information and are taking appropriate actions. We remain on heightened alert. All our units are undertaking appropriate security measures," said LtGen Rozzano Briguez, Commander of Wescom.
Wescom's air and naval forces are conducting patrols, while its Marines and Army special forces are scouring the grounds and coastlines. We are supported by the PNP Maritime and Land Forces while the Coast Guard assists us in ensuring the safety of life at sea. We also intensified our information network activities and maintain strategic checkpoints in the Province.
Wescom urges the public to remain vigilant and calm, and to report any unfamiliar faces, incidents or anything doubtful in their communities through its Hotline (09178960014) and/or any fastest means of communication possible.
The ASG, or any threat group for that matter, should not underestimate the Palaweños' vigilance and unity. They may try to come to Palawan but they will have a hard time to stage their acts because the whole Palawan is against them and will not allow them to do their crimes here.
"Wescom and the Palaweños take security and safety very seriously and we work together to ensure that these criminals will not be able to succeed with their evil plans. Even before this information came out, Wescom and the Palaweños have already united and established a strong foundation and mutual commitment to security, and we also have our reporting and info sharing mechanism in place," LtGen Briguez said.
The inter-agency security posture of Palawan against any threat remains strong. The LGUs committed their support through strong neighborhood watch and timely reporting system. Other sectors, like the tourism and business establishments, fisherfolks, yacht owners, etc. also committed their support by strengthening their respective security measures and timely reporting of any suspicious personalities and activities in their areas of concern.
With the involvement of all sectors, Palawan is ready to address these threats confronting us, always bearing in mind that security is a shared concern and responsibility of everybody. We continue to urge our people in Palawan to continue to proactively participate and cooperate in strengthening our security posture. (WESCOM)