Eleazar: Metro Manila now under heightened alert after Basilan blast


Metro Manila has been placed under heightened alert after a blast at a military checkpoint in Basilan, which killed 10 people Tuesday.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said the alert status in Metro Manila was heightened to avoid a “spillover” of the Basilan attack.

“With what happened in Lamitan Basilan di ba nagkaroon ng explosion doon syempre itong Metro Manila lagi dapat tayong handa so dahil sa pangyayari na yun we are upgrading our alert status para lang mas mapaghandaan natin. We dont want kung ano nangyari doon ay magkaroon ng spill over dito sa atin sa Metro Manila,” he said.

While the police has not received any threat targeting Metro Manila, Eleazar called on the public to report any unusual activity to authorities.

“Wala tayong nare-receive na imminent threat dito pero maganda na handa tayo and we are constantly coordinating with the other agencies ng ating government sa intelligence community for monitoring kung mayroong mga threat tayo dito sa atin sa Metro Manila,” he said.

The bombing in Basilan killed a soldier, four paramilitary troopers and four civilians, including a mother and child. The suspected bomber also died.

In light of the incident, Eleazar directed all district directors and policemen to intensify anti-criminality efforts and conduct checkpoint operations regularly.