All intelligence personnel of the Bacolod City Police Office yesterday convened to discuss preemptive measures versus a possible spillover of violence, following the twin bombings at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, Sunday, that killed 21 people and wounded at least 100 more.
Chief Insp. Ariel Pico, BCPO public information officer, said that although Sulu is far from Bacolod, they are not lowering their guard and disregarding possibilities since before one from Mindanao can go to Luzon, he or she has to pass through the Visayas.
The police intelligence staff in Bacolod were called to discuss the areas where large crowds usually converge, and assess the security situation , Pico said.
“This is a precautionary measure, not to cause panic, but to be ready for any eventualities,” Pico said.
He said this is a normal undertaking as a chain reaction effect of the man-made bombings in Sulu, and people need not panic.
The BCPO, along with other Philippine National Police units, is on full alert status, Pico added.
Lt. Commander Ludovico Librilla, Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental commander, meanwhile, said that security measures are being strengthened in different ports in the province.
Librilla said they are on heightened alert, as they do not want terrorists to sneak into Negros Occidental.*
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