MALACAÑANG on Friday said authorities are now validating the reported kidnapping in Southern Cebu.
"There was indeed a police report regarding a plan to stage a kidnapping in Southern Cebu. The report is in the process of being validated," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Abella issued the statement following the United States (US) Embassy's travel warning to Southern Cebu, particularly around Dalaguete and Santander, including Sumilon Island, amid kidnapping threats by terror groups.
The US Embassy said the terrorist groups are allegedly planning to conduct kidnapping in those areas in Cebu.
Abella assured that the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already laid security measures to prevent instances of kidnapping.
"The PNP commanders at various levels have taken the necessary steps to harden or protect possible targets," the presidential spokesperson said.
"Moreover other measures are being undertaken in public venues to safeguard crowds from harm," he added. (Sunnex)