MANILA - Palawan is now under heightened alert following an advisory from the US Embassy that terrorists are planning a kidnapping spree in the province, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez said Thursday.
In an interview, Alvarez said the province was earlier placed on heightened alert during the Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol.
"Nung pumasok sila sa Bohol, dati na kami ditong heightened alert. Nung nag-advisory sila, 'yung Bohol at Cebu, dito sa Palawan meron na rin kami," he told radio DZMM.
Alvarez said reports of a terror threat still need validation but that does not mean they do not make necessary precautions.
He said they have already advised police and barangay officials, especially in the coastal areas, to monitor closely.
"Meron din tayong civilian volunteers. These volunteers are ready to report any intrusions," he added.
He advised those who will be going to the province's tourist spots to be in contact with local tourism centers where they can get a copy of emergency numbers.
"Wala naman tayong problema dito. Makipag-ugnayan na lang sa bayan o barangay, kumuha ng emergency numbers, makipag-ugnay sa pinakamalapit na tourism center," he said.