NCRPO on full alert after Jolo blasts

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MANILA — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced
on Monday that it is on full alert status after the explosion that
took place inside and outside a Roman Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu
province that left 20 people dead and 112 wounded.

NCRPO head, Director Guillermo Eleazar ordered the five district
directors to tighten security around airports, seaports, vital
government and private installations as well as places of convergence.

The five districts covered by the NCRPO are the Manila Police District
(MPD), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Northern Police District
(NPD), Southern Police District (SPD), and Eastern Police District

“We are full alert since 6 a.m. No cause for panic we want to make
sure so we intensify checkpoint operations at entry and exit points of
Metro Manila to prevent terrorists from sneaking in bombs,” Eleazar
told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.

Full alert means the highest level of readiness in all police offices
and units in Metro Manila.

Eleazar said the public should expect more checkpoints and police visibility.

“In the next few weeks or so, we will increase the number and
frequency of our checkpoints including our ‘oplan sita’. We will
deploy our policemen and women in strategic areas of Metro Manila to
increase police presence and visibility, in order to discourage,
prevent and deter any evil plots from unfolding,” he added.

Eleazar personally checked the vital installations in Metro Manila as
well the checkpoints in metropolis on Monday.

Eleazar also appealed to the public to be alert and report to the
police any suspicious person or behavior.

“I encourage you to remain alert and vigilant. Report any suspicious
person or behavior, report any new or unfamiliar face in the
neighborhood to the nearest policeman you can reach or communicate
with personally or through our hotlines,” he said. PNA