PNP Told to Double Security Measures
Byline: RICO C. NAVARRO
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose D. Lina, as precautionary measures against bomb scare, ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to redouble their efforts and doublecheck the existing security arrangements being adopted in Metro Manila to prevent the planting of any more bombs aimed at sowing fear and confusion among the people.
He ordered the immediate double checking of the security measures following the discovery of more improvised explosive devices in Makati City, Quezon City, and Ortigas in San Juan.
"While these gadgets were not meant to explode, they should nonetheless be prevented from being planted so as to eliminate the fear among our people," he said.
The DILG secretary assured the public of the PNP's continued alertness as it intensified police visibility and deployed additional 500 policemen to patrol strategic areas in the metropolis.
The DILG chief appealed to the public to remain vigilant and immediately report to 117 and the proper authorities suspicious looking bags, luggage, and things conspicuously left in establishments such as shopping malls, theaters, the Metro and Light Railway Transits.
Lina likewise advised the public to go on with their daily lives and business, saying this is the best way to counteract the fear tactic being employed by the people and groups behind the bomb scares.
"Let us go on with our life, daily routine, and business. To do otherwise is to fall into the sinister trap laid by the people who penetrate these dastardly and cowardly acts," he stressed. "Lets show our unity and fight these terrorist together," he added.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez has directed he administrators of the Metro Rail Transit MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to heighten their security measures to thwart attempts by any group to sabotage their operations.
Alvarez made the mall after explosive devices were found March 20 at the stairs of the southbound MRT station in Ortigas, Mandaluyong, and at the northbound section in Kamuningm, Quezon City.
"I'm also appealing to the commuting public to bear with the the hassle that comes with increased security measures, like the more thorough searches on bags and other belongings," he said.
"Please excuse the zealousness of the security personnel of the MRT and the LRT as it's for the good of overyone We are also coordinating with police officials, particularly National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Edgardo Aglipay, to easure the safety of the commuting public."
"I have also directed the Land. Transportation Office (LTO), the Maritime Industry Administration (Marina), the Air Transportation Office (ATO), and the Coast Guard to adopt contingency measures to deal with similar threats," Alvarez added.
The LRT will not operate March 28-31 while the MRT will take a break March 28 to 30 perform maintenance work.
The DoTC chief asked commuters to be always on alert for suspicious packages in buses, train coaches, and bus and train stations. He noted that alert commuters were the ones who informed the MRT security office of the presence of the bomb at the Ortigas station.
Another improvised bomb was found in Manila the other night.
The bomb was found by a laborer who was walkling along Julio Nakpil St. …