The Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 has ordered full alert status in all Philippine National Police (PNP) units in the Davao Region following Saturday’s bombing incident in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that killed seven persons.
PRO 11 regional director PBgen Marcelo Morales said he instructed to raise all PNP Units in Region 11 to be in full alert status to establish and strengthen checkpoints in the cities and municipalities.
“We instructed to deploy maximum number of foot and mobile patrols especially in highly populated areas, as well as intensify intelligence monitoring and sharing of information with other units,” the regional director said, who strongly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated by the terrorists.
Morales also assured that the regional office together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies are doing its best to guard and secure the people against threat elements round the clock.
“We are ready to address crime and to maintain order in the community with the help of our state of the art-equipment and facilities provided by the National and Local Government,” said Morales.
The police official urged residents to be vigilant and be watchful against terrorism and other forms of attacks.
“We enjoin the people to be mindful and cooperate with us in preventing any untoward incident related to terrorism by reporting to us any suspicious situations or behaviors of persons,” Morales said, adding that the regional office may be reached through its hotline number (0998) 59-87-026., Dial 911, and their official social media accounts (Pulis Rehiyon Onse 11, Police Regional Office 11 FB Page and General Marcelo Morales FB Page).
“We will never be able to understand why harrowing incidents like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we should not recoil,” stressed Morales.
“Let us all pray for the victims for their immediate healing with a knowledge that justice will soon prevail. We should not let this incident divide us and operate us in fear,” he added.
On September 7, an alleged Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in front of a row of motorcycles for hire in the market of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat at around 7:00am leaving seven wounded individuals.
Victims were Nino Virgo, 28; Jaren Amigo, 24; Jay Carnaso, 30; off-duty militiaman Jomar Aquino, 31; Nasim Gulano, 24, all of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, and Gerald Cartagena, 28, of Surallah, South Cotabato, and traffic enforcer Terencio Cagadas.
This latest blast is the fourth bombing incident that transpired in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat in 13 months.