House official orders tightened security in Batasan-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
THE House of Representatives will implement tighter security measures at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City where congressmen hold offices, the Secretary General said.
In a memorandum, Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap advised all employees as well as lawmakers that the Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms and the Legislative Security Bureau will reinforce the implementation of security measures.
The memo dated August 15 but was received by the Public Relation and Information Bureau only on Wednesday was issued a day after the House of Representatives reportedly received a bomb threat at the Mitra Hall inside the Batasan promises.
The incident, however, was not mentioned in the memorandum. Although bomb-sniffing dogs were seen in the area, the bomb threat was not verified.
Barua-Yap instead cited the bombing incidents in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato in Mindanao and intelligence reports on the alleged presence of terrorist groups in Metro Manila.
"To ensure the security and safety of the House members, officials, employees, and guests, all individuals and vehicles shall be thoroughly inspected upon entering the HREP Complex. The wearing of IDs at all times while inside the premises shall be strictly enforced," the memorandum read.
"Packages, baggage and similar items shall likewise be screened to ensure that no explosives, weapons and other unauthorized objects are brought within the House premises," it added.
Security personnel manning the Batasan premises was likewise advised to be in close coordination with the police security and protection group/vital installation and protection unit, Philippine National Police Stations 6 and Lockheed HREP Security Detachment. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)