Security officials in Palawan are on heightened alert amid reported terrorist threats in the province, Malacañang said on Thursday, May 11.
“Public safety is everyone’s concern. We assure everyone that the government is on top of the situation and authorities, particularly those in the Western Command (WESCOM) which covers the province of Palawan, are on heightened alert to prevent any untoward incidents,” said Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella.
He said the Wescom, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Provincial Government of Palawan and the City Government of Puerto Princesa were “in close coordination in enforcing law and order.”
Malacañang’s assurance came days after the US Embassy in Manila issued a travel advisory in Palawan, citing possible kidnappings of foreigners.
“All units and assets are being utilized to ensure maximum security to deny any terrorist group’s entry and access in the high seas and coastal areas,” he said.
He said the public should be “mindful” and “immediately report to law enforcement units any questionable individual or activity in the areas.”