Heightened alert in Davao after Paris attacks

Subscribe Now November 16, 2015 at 09:06am

Authorities have placed Davao Region under a heightened alert status as they stepped up security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Frances, that killed 129 people.

Superintendent Antonio Rivera, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office, said that all Philippine National Police (PNP) units have been placed on red alert status starting last Saturday to ensure availability and operational readiness of police forces to react to any contingencies.

At Camp Crame in Manila, both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP also raised their alert status from "blue" to "red," stating it as a matter of procedure following the international terrorist incident.

"Here in Davao Region, we already initiated hardening measures in key areas, particularly in our airport, seaport, and bus terminals in our attempt to pre-empt any untoward incident," Rivera told Sun.Star Davao through a text message Sunday morning.

The simultaneous attacks in France were owned by the international terrorist group ISIS.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Milgrace Driz said they have not monitored any immediate threats in the city by any terrorist group.

"We will intensify our intelligence monitoring through information gathering. We will strengthen our security measures by providing information and awareness to the public of the existing modus of criminals in our attempt to stop and pre-empt any of their plans," Driz said.

Captain RhyanBatchar, spokesperson for the 10th Infantry Division, said they will intensify their monitoring through intelligence gathering.

Batchar also said there is already a close coordination with the PNP on the security matters.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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