Police verifies terror attack info, increases security


MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has intensified security measures, as authorities are validating “raw” information claiming that the Maute Group and BIFF will conduct terror attacks in key cities and municipalities nationwide on June 30.

“It is a raw info that the PNP is verifying and validating. We take action even if the info is still raw and ‘tsismis’ (rumor),” PNP spokesperson, Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said Friday.

Carlos was referring to information that came supposedly from the municipal police station in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Last June 19, Polomolok Police officer-in-charge, Chief Insp. Geovanni Ladeo, in a letter, called for an emergency meeting with provincial police director, Senior Supt. Franklin Alvero, to address the information they have received that “joint ISIS Maute and BIFF group(s) will launch a major terroristic attack to all key cities and municipalities nationwide on June 30, 2017”.

“Their targets are all vital installation, such as gasoline stations, shopping malls, parks, public market and other places of convergence,” he wrote. “LPG delivery trucks will be hijacked and will be used as vehicle bombs.”

Ladeo said anything related to criminality and insurgency should never be taken for granted.

Soccsksargen (Region 12) Police spokesperson, Supt. Romeo Galgo, meanwhile, said they are also confirming the report.

He however said they have already stepped up their security measures for any eventuality. Priam F. Nepomuceno/Gilbert Villaruz (OJT)/PNA-northboundasia.com