Police: Cebu City remains safe amid bomb threat

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THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) assured the residents that the city remains safe amid text messages circulating in the social media on Thursday, May 26, 2022, that they were going to bomb at least four establishments in the city.

The CCPO, however, is tightening its security measures following a bomb explosion inside a passenger bus in Koronadal City, South Cotabato past noon Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of CCPO, clarified that the threat to bomb the Qimonda Building on North Reclamation Area where the Cebu City Hall of Justice is located, the Cebu City Legislative building, Carbon Market and the newly opened Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway on Thursday, which turned out to be a hoax, had nothing to do with the bombing in Mindanao.

The CCPO ordered all its 11 police station commanders to strictly implement security measures in their respective jurisdiction to thwart possible terror attacks.

Parilla said they would implement target hardening in places where people gather such as sea ports, terminals, malls, plaza and churches.

The CCPO also enhanced their intelligence monitoring, in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Muslim community and other groups.

“Target hardening, meaning i-beef up ang atong (our) security nga ang mga (so that the) lawless elements maglisud sila pagbuhat og dautan, labi na sa mga (would find difficult to sow terror in) places of convergence,” Parilla said.

During a meeting called by Acting Mayor Dondon Hontiveros on Friday, May 27, 2022, following a bomb threat, the CCPO described the threat as not alarming and made an assurance that the city remains safe. (AYB, TPT)

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