The police in Western Visayas, including Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, are on full alert following the Islamic State-claimed bombing of a Catholic cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, that left 20 dead and 112 injured Sunday.
“I have ordered our police personnel in Western Visayas to strengthen border control, intensify conduct of checkpoints and intelligence monitoring and to maintain police presence in public places to prevent entry of lawless elements/groups that may attempt to disrupt the peace and order,” Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas regional police director, said.
Director General Oscar Albyalde, PNP chief, has placed the police nationwide under heightened alert following the bombing.
“PRO6 remains on top of the situation and we assure our communities that we will remain on guard 24/7 to ensure peace and order in Western Visayas,” Bulalacao told the DAILY STAR.
He said they are saddened by the Jolo bombing that resulted in the death and injury of a number of civilians and government forces as well.
Killed were 14 civilians, 5 soldiers and 1 Philippine Coast Guard personnel, while injured were 90 civilians, 18 soldiers, 2 cops and 2 PCG personnel in the twin blasts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo Sunday , the police reported.
“Terrorism will never cow us from enforcing the law and we will not allow terrorists to coerce the government,” Bulalacao said, adding that the police are collaborating with their counterparts in the law enforcement sector to ensure that those responsible for the crime will be punished.
The police in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City were on full alert yesterday in compliance with Bulalacao’s order.
Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, Bacolod City police office officer-in-charge, fielded policemen in populated places of convergence.
The Negros Occidental police is also keeping close watch of all entry points into the province.
The four bishops of Negros Island Sunday called for prayers for the victims of the bombings and for peace in the entire country.*
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