LEYTE OFFICIAL ASKS RESIDENTS TO BACK TIGHTER SECURITY
COOPERATION CALLED FOR. Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto on Wednesday (Jan. 30, 2019) asks residents of the province to cooperate with authorities after the Philippine National Police put the entire force on heightened alert status following the twin bomb blasts in Jolo, Sulu. (File photo)
TACLOBAN CITY -- Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto has asked residents of the province to cooperate with authorities after the Philippine National Police (PNP) put the entire force on heightened alert status following the twin bomb blasts in Jolo, Sulu.
“Let’s toe the line and this is being done for our safety and security. If we cooperate, this gruesome incident could be prevented from happening in our province and in our region,” Loreto told reporters on Wednesday.
The vice governor made the call after the Police Regional Office 8 (Eastern Visayas) intensified security measures in Leyte and Samar to prevent terrorist attacks, intensify intelligence gathering, activate checkpoints, and strictly implement the election gun ban.
Loreto said the province joins the whole nation in sympathizing with the victims of bombing incident at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sunday morning. Police put the death toll at 22 and the injured at 97.
“It’s very sad. I think all of us should come together to celebrate the beauty of life and not to destroy or ruin others’ lives. Political and religious belief should be set aside and should not be used to destroy others,” he added.
PRO-8 immediately asked the entire police force to step up security measures after receiving the directive from the national headquarters.
PRO-8 Director, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, said they have been in constant coordination with intelligence units.
Carlos asked his men to intensify their patrol in public places and heighten their presence in ports of entry, such as in Liloan and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte, to prevent any bombing incidents in the region.
Police visibility has been intensified in places of convergence, ports, malls, and churches. (PNA)