CCPO strengthening security measures amid Maguindanao bombing

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THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is strengthening its security measures in the city amid the two bombing incidents in Maguindanao recently.

The CCPO, however, has not received any bombing threat in the city.

The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas has already issued a directive to all city and provincial offices in the region to strictly implement security measures in their respective jurisdiction, including target hardening in vital installations where people gather, such as sea ports, bus terminals, mall establishments and churches, which are the likely targets of terrorist groups.

In line with the directive, Major Jose Angelo Acupinpin, head of the operations branch of CCPO, said they launched an information drive to educate security officers how to respond if there is a bomb threat in their guarded building and to handle suspicious belongings left inside the building without the people getting panicked.

He said they also provided the security officers with hotline numbers that they can use in case of emergency.

Acupinpin said they have also strengthened their relationship with the intelligence community and other Muslim leaders in the city.

Acupinpin said they also conducted a monthly meeting with the Muslim leaders, who promised to report any suspicious persons from Mindanao that they encounter so they can be subjected to a background investigation.

"Our community affairs division unit in Cebu City is continuously working with our Muslim brothers, so our communication with them is open," said Acupinpin.

The CCPO thanked the Muslim leaders for helping them maintain peace and order in Cebu City. (AYB, TPT)

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