PERSONS like politicians, priests, journalists, lawyers and businessmen who feel their lives are in danger from unseen enemies may qualify for round-the-clock police protection. However, they also need to simply understand and practice these valuable tips on threat detection and assessment which could save them from harm in the future, the Philippine National Police said yesterday.
Amid the recent killing of a number of lawyers, prosecutors, judges, priests, mayors , businessmen and members of the press in different parts of the country, the government has called on those who feel they are threatened to go to the PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation and seek protection.
However, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said the recent killings of three priests and two mayors are not related to each other. Gen. Albayalde said their findings will show that there is ‘no pattern of killing’ of priests in the country as investigations showed there were different motives behind the murder of Fr. Richmond Nilo in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija last June 11 and two other priests in Cagayan and Jaen, Nueva Ecija.
“There is no concerted effort to kill priests in our country, there is no pattern, no connection with each other,” he said. Police said the murder of the priest in Cagayan is believed to be connected with his romantic liaisons with different women in the province, many of them already married.
Police also said the killings of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili and General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote are not connected to each other. Police have ruled out drugs in the murder of Mayor Bote and are looking into his business dealings and politics as two probable motives behind his murder.
On the other hand, police are looking into several reasons behind the assassination of Mayor Halili: drugs, local politics, a land conflict and his ‘shame campaign’ on arrested drug personalities in the city.
The Journal Group is publishing the PNP Threat Detection and Threat Assessment Tips to better educate the public on what they should do or what they should not do when confronted by death threats.
The PNP is urging anew individuals performing delicate jobs, members of the press and law enforcers included to always follow tips on threat detection and threat assessment to prevent them from easily falling prey to armed attacks.
The tips are very basic in educating the public on safety precaution and life-saving tips, all necessary in times of emergencies, disaster and other life-threatening situations.
PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Benigno B. Durana Jr. agreed that ‘every citizen must also develop his/her own safety core competency’ and must consider tips that could save precious lives and properties.
The following are the Do’s and Don’ts to prevent attacks.
In your daily routine, make an assessment if the person, the subject of your inquiry is capable in terms of resources and manpower of inflicting harm to a person.
Write down details of any suspicious actions of person or persons you have observed or noticed. Notes help us remember what had transpired in our observation.
Refer to your employer or a security officer, if any, your suspicions or observations made upon a person who is likely conducting surveillance on you or your officemate.
If you have been critical and have exposed significant or sensitive issues against a prominent person, monitor and get information, if possible, on the reaction of said person.
Consider also your personal dealings as a possible cause for someone to plan to harm you or your family.
Ask your family and the neighborhood to inform you of any person asking any details about you including your present disposition. Ask them to write down details of the suspected surveillance.
Educate your family, employees and household personnel on security awareness
Do not trust your memory. Write down immediately your observations specifically on the 5Ws and 1 H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How).
Do not play the role of a secret agent or a detective. If you see someone stalking you, look at him in the eyes from a reasonable distance to let him know that you saw him and you will remember him the next time you meet. Write down details.
Do not accost or confront the individual conducting surveillance on you. He might already be the assassin and that would only give him the opportunity to do his trade.
Do not take any threat for granted as it may cost you your life including the lives of your family.
Do not try to handle any threat situation by yourself. Always consult or refer to your employees, security officer and eventually, the police authorities.
Durana said the above tips should be taken into consideration by all people specifically people whose profession or natures of job have made them a natural target of harm.
They include journalists specifically hard-hitting ones, law enforcers, appointed and elected government officials, judges, lawyers, businessmen and even church officials.