IN the wake of the wounding of a 58-year old radio broadcaster during a gun attack in Dagupan City in Pangasinan last November 8, officials yesterday urged 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.
Virgilio Maganes, a correspondent for a local newspaper and radio broadcaster, was wounded after being shot by motorcycle-riding men while he was on his way to work. He survived the attack and is now recuperating from his gunshot wounds in a local hospital under police security.
Police Regional Office 1 director, Chief Superintendent Gregorio R. Pimentel, has ordered Pangasinan Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Ronald O. Lee to thoroughly investigate the incident and launch a hunt for the gunmen.
The Philippine National Police previously released the 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 leadership headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa is issuing the tips as part of its effort to educate the public on safety precaution and life-saving tips. PNP spokesman, Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos maintained 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 when it comes to preventing attacks from criminals.
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.
Advise 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 within 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.
Carlos said the above tips should be taken into consideration by all people specifically those 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.