The Western Command (WESCOM) said Monday there are no suicide bombers in Palawan and its security against the possibility of their entry is tight.
3rd Marine Brigade (3MBDe) spokesperson Lt. Charlie Domingo said security measures have remained rigid even before the news came out that two suicide bombers, one of them a Filipino, were responsible in the twin blasts in Sulu in June this year.
Domingo assured that the possibility of suicide bombing in the city and province is “very remote”.
“About the threat of terrorism, ang classification natin dito sa Palawan ay moderate or kumbaga very remote ‘yong possibility. Pero hindi natin dini-dispel ‘yong threat na ‘yan, patuloy pa rin natin itong bina-validate and we are undertaking a lot of security measures naman. ‘Yong iba hindi niyo mapapansin because that’s the intent — na hindi maka-hinder sa daily na ginagawa natin,” said Domingo.
In Puerto Princesa City, he said mobile patrol monitoring has been intensified, including the security of vital installations and places where the public congregate like churches and malls.
Domingo also said they continue to hold inter-agency activities with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies to enforce mechanisms that will prevent unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians.
WESCOM spokesperson Lt. Col. Stephern Penetrante also said the military in Palawan remains vigilant and non-complacent in the middle of suicide bombing threats.
“WESCOM and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are always vigilant and non-complacent pagdating sa security through its regular patrols, intelligence operations to counter threats,” Penetrante said.