Debunking rumors on terrorist threats against this part of the country following bombing incident in Jolo, Sulu and other parts of Mindanao, and subsequently the issuance by the British embassy of a travel advisory warning British tourists from making trips so southern Cebu , the entire police force of Cebu is still placed under red alert status.
“We cannot just be complacent over peace and order matters. What happened in Miindanao could also happen here and elsewhere in the country,” said Police Supt. Virgilio Bayon-on, head of the Police-Community Relations of the Cebu Provincial Police Office.
He said despite the absence of verified reports on peace and order threats, the entire police force in the province must be very vigilant.
Last Sunday, to recall, the UK embassy issued a travel advisory against going to Cebu south where many Britons used to spend their time in beaches and other tourist spots. The British travel advisory came immediately after the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo was bombed killing more than 20 churchgoers, wounding more than a hundred others and several policemen assigned in the vicinity of the church.
For his part, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, designated by Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña as his deputy mayor on peace and order, strongly urged the public to help the local police prevent similar terroristic act by reporting to the police any suspicious acts of would-be terrorists.
Checkpoints in designated areas especially near the Cebu ports and the airport should continue, Tumulak urged the police department.
Right now, police patrol groups maintain regular roving schedule in tourist spots in southern Cebu and provide security whenever there are special occasions for recreations and parties in the province, said P/Supt. Virgilio Bayon-on, Cebu police-community relations head.