AUTHORITIES in Negros Island Region are on full alert for seven vehicles allegedly rigged with explosives that will “pass through” Visayas from Mindanao.

Lieutenant Senior Grade Jimmy Oliver Vingno, head of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bacolod City, told SunStar Bacolod Sunday, June 4, that they received the intelligence report over the weekend.

The alleged target is Manila to “spread terror,” he said, adding that the cars rigged with improvised explosive device will be transported through a roll-on, roll-off vessel from Mindanao to Visayas to Luzon.

Vingno said the Coast Guard has stepped up security measures nationwide to prevent the spread of terror threat, adding that they already coordinated with the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines in locating the said cars.

While they are still verifying the reports, the authorities have remained on full alert, he said.

The report said the seven vehicles that were allegedly rigged with explosives are Black Toyota Hilux, White Nissan Sentra, Black Toyota Land Cruiser, Black Honda Civic, Grey Toyota Vios, Black Isuzu DMax, and Black Toyota Innova.

Vingno said the PCG has raised an “apprehension alarm” on these vehicles, meaning all units were directed to immediately arrest the drivers if seen.

He said that a naval blockade was also set up in the Visayan waters to strictly monitor entry of sea vessels coming from Mindanao.

Visayas is composed of the islands of Negros, Panay, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.

Vingno said a terror group might try to smuggle the vehicles into the sea vessels plying Negros Oriental, particularly in Dumaguete City, and Cebu Province.

He added that the vehicles will allegedly come from Cagayan de Oro or Lanao.

Both Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, acting director of Bacolod City Police Office, and Senior Superintendent Henry Biñas, director of Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, confirmed receiving the report and have directed their men to be on alert and not let their guards down.

They said they checked the license plates of the vehicles with the Land Transportation Office, but nothing matched with those in the database.

For his part, Senior Police Officer 4 Allan Pestañas of Maritime Police Station in Zamboanga del Norte said they have tightened their security in terminals and ports, particularly in Dapitan City.

He said they also coordinated with the shipping lines in Zamboanga Peninsula, to contain the threat.

Mindanao is under martial law for 60 days following the attacks of the Maute bandits.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said he will put the entire country under military rule should the terror threat will reach Visayas and Luzon.