CAMP Malvar, Batangas -- Acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag initiated preemptive measures to thwart a similar incident that occurred in Davao City which claimed 14 lives and injured 60 others recently.
Police operatives were deployed along main thoroughfares, entry and exit points in the province, major places of convergence like bus terminals, seaports, malls and other shopping centers.
Close coordination with the management and security officers of business establishments and government agencies were undertaken, giving emphasis on the security and pre-emptive measures against the threat posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other criminals. These undertakings involved revisiting the PNP SOP as well as other government agencies and some private company on the prevention schemes and managing the critical situation and to be vigilant at all times.
Cabanag and other teams from the provincial headquarters conducted random inspections of the above-mentioned places of convergence, checkpoint operations and police stations and at the same time made short dialogues with Commander Gil Moises Villarama Jr., deputy commander of the Coast Guard Station in Batangas City, concerned security officers and duty officers at the office of PNP-Maritime Group all at the Batangas Port.
During the dialogue with some officers at the PCG office, Chief Insp. Jezreel Calderon, chief PIO, recommended a joint simulation exercise (SIMEX) on terrorist attack to include the involvement of other agencies.