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Sunday, October 17, 2021

NCR remains under full alert; AFP downgrades to blue

THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) remains on full alert despite the downgrading of alert of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to blue from red, an official said Monday.

Last Friday night, the PNP upgraded its alert level nationwide to full following the bombing incident in Davao City that left 14 people dead and at least 60 persons injured.

In full alert, policemen are not allowed to avail of any leaves or take a day off to boost police visibility on the streets particularly in vital installations such as air and sea ports, bus terminals, shopping malls and churches.

NCRPO director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said that aside from policemen conducting foot and mobile patrol, additional checkpoints will also be installed where they will conduct stricter inspection.

"Ang matataong lugar, tulad ng Divisoria, makikita po natin na meron pa pong Swat (Special Weapons and Tactics) units ng Manila Police District na nakatalaga diyan," he said.

However, easing the worry of the public, Albayalde clarified that they have not received intelligence report of possible terror attack in the Metro.

Meanwhile, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Edgard Arevalo said that the military has downgraded its alert level to blue from red.

"I wasn't told about the reason (of the alert downgrade). I just got the message through SMS (short messaging service)," he said.

"I surmise this follows from the directive that area commanders may downgrade or upgrade the alert status depending on their assessment on the prevailing situation on the ground," Arevalo added.

However, he said Davao City has fielded additional 120 military forces to conduct patrolling.

"The Task Force Davao has heightened foot patrols. We beefed up our military personnel and intensified the conduct of checkpoint to prevent any other actions by the perpetrators and preempt the occurrence of other related activities," said Arevalo.

He said they have not monitored any imminent threat in the said city but assured that intelligence gathering is continuously being conducted. (Sunnex)
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