The National Police and Armed Forces denied receiving any information about possible terror attacks in the country but vowed to not let their guard down.
“We have not received any report on possible terror attacks as advised by the Japan Foreign Ministry, but this does not mean that we would lower our guard on this matter,” PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.
He made the remark after Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned Japanese citizens about potential attacks like suicide bombings in Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar.
The PNP is continuously monitoring intelligence reports from the ground and even from foreign counterparts, Eleazar said.
He noted that the force has intensified intelligence-gathering to prevent any atrocity being plotted by terror groups, since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and the 2017 siege of Marawi City.
Police units, especially those in Mindanao, have been alerted since the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan so they could prevent a possible spillover of hostilities, which may be perpetrated by local terrorists, he added.
Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP spokesman, said in a separate statement that the military has also yet to receive any report on a possible terror attack.
“We constantly validate all reports on security matters and it is a continuous process. As per last review, our threat level is moderate,” he said.
“We ensure that all citizens, Filipinos or not, as long as they are within our territory, are protected and kept safe from terrorists’ threats,” he added.
Eleazar and Zagala, however, both called the public to immediately report suspicious individuals who could threaten the safety of communities.
“This is to underscore the importance of the active participation of the populace in defeating terrorism since security is, after all, everyone’s concern,” Zagala said.
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