SIMPLY understanding and practicing these valuable tips on threat detection and assessment could
save a precious life in the future, yours included.
The Journal Group is publishing the Threat Detection and Threat Assessment Tips issued by
the Philippine National Police to better educate the public on what they should do or not do when
confronted by death threats.
This comes in the wake of the foiled attempt to kill lawyer Argel Joseph Cabatbat in Quezon
City on Tuesday last week as well as the scores of judges, prosecutors, journalists, businessmen and
other persons with reported death threats who were eventually killed or wounded by gunmen.
The PNP is urging individuals performing delicate jobs, media men and law enforcers to
follow tips on threat detection and threat assessment to prevent armed attacks.
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, all necessary
in times of emergencies, disaster and other life-threatening situations.
PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent John C. Bulalacao, agreed that ‘every citizen must
develop his/her own safety core competency’ and consider tips that could save precious lives and
The tips follow:
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.
Write down any suspicious actions of person or persons you have observed or noticed.
Refer to your employer or a security officer, if any, your suspicions or observations on a
person who is likely conducting surveillance on you or your officemate.
If you have been critical and 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
Advise your family and the neighborhood to inform you of any person asking 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 1H (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How).
Do not play the role of a secret agent or a detective. If someone stalks you, look him in
the eyes within a reasonable distance to let him know 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
Do not try to handle any threat situation by yourself. Always consult or refer to your
employees, security officer and eventually, the police authorities.
Bulalacao said the tips should be taken into consideration by all people specifically those
whose profession or job makes them a natural target of harm.