Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Friday said their only source of information regarding possible terrorist attacks on Palawan are the US and British Embassy’s travel advisories.
“Actually, ang basehan lang natin [ay] ‘yung advisory ng America and British government but other than that, sa atin mismo, wala tayong namomonitor,” Dela Rosa told reporters in Camp Crame.
“Unlike dun sa Bohol, na may advisory na sila. Aside from the advisory, merong heads up sa akin yung regional director doon.”
Dela Rosa advised Supt. Wilben Mayor, regional director of MIMAROPA, to coordinate with the military and local government units (LGUs) and survey the capability of public safety forces in the area.
“Sabi ko, lahat ng bala na available niyo dyan, ipadala mo sa mga island provinces mo dahil napakahirap mag-reinforce dun pag sila'y inatake ng NPA or mga terorista, extremists, mahirap mag-reinforce. Be sure they can fight sufficiently,” he said.
He said Mayor complied with his advice and is continuously coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and LGUs.
The US and British embassies released travel advisories on Tuesday, warning tourists that terrorists are planning a kidnapping spree in Palawan, particularly in Puerto Princesa City.
However, a military unit on Wednesday assured locals and foreign nationals that Palawan remains safe to be visited.