Public urged to remain vigilant vs terror
By Rose Palacio
Davao City (26 June) -- Following renewed threats to terror attacks and the recent Weena bus bombing reportedly staged by terrorists, the government has reiterated its call on the public to remain vigilant.
Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, in the city government's regular TV program "Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa," stressed continued public vigilance, as vigilance is the nation's "first line of defense" against insurgents, against terrorist attacks and criminalities.
Explosions are all over the world and terrorism is the number one fundamental cause of this violent environment that defines our world today, the local chief executive said. And the fight against terrorism is not played solely by government but all sectors affected by the threats, he stressed.
Let us not put more lives at risks when we can do something about the threat posed by insurgents now, he emphasized.
"If you see something (suspicious), say something," Mayor Duterte said. "You can save lives and properties."
We all know that the most important lynchpin in the fight against terror is the vigilance of the people themselves, he said as he added that the government is also increasing security in potential terror targets that include civilian infrastructures.
The government also called on the business sector to actively cooperate with the authorities in the fight against terrorism.
He explained the alert level is not to panic the public but should remind them of the degree of vigilance required from them (referring to the people) and accordingly take the necessary precautions on the possible insurgent threats.
Meanwhile, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is doubling its efforts to preempt any of threats of insurgents who might stage bombings in the city
DCPO city director Jaime Morente said they are forming a crack team to monitor the movements of suspicious groups or individuals who might penetrate the city to attack crowded places here or bus companies as what happened to the recent bombing of Weena bus.
Morante noted even before the bombing of Weena bus, the City PNP already have security preparations for any insurgent activity, he said during a press conference led by the PNP Press Corps.
"We are appealing to the people to be more vigilant so that terrorists and insurgents could not pursue with their supposed plan to sow atrocities," he said.
According to Morante, police teams are deployed to vital installations and places of convergence that are the usual targets of terrorists. (PIA) [top]