PNP still validating reported terror threat in Palawan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2017 06:15 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it was still validating reports that terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners in Palawan. 

This, after the US Embassy issued a travel advisory on Palawan based on "credible information that terror groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping" of foreign nationals in the province.

According to PNP Spokesman Dionardo Carlos, they respect US' advisory but they will only make their own announcement if they are already sure of the information.

"With additional information, once verified, we will make the necessary announcement and necessary security measures if and when these are validated," he said.

Carlos said Philippine authorities continue to coordinate with their foreign counterparts about the situation in Palawan. He said the situation in the province was still normal. 

The military's Western Command (Wescom) earlier said Palawan province remains safe for locals and foreign nationals, though they remain on heightened alert.

Local intelligence units "have not monitored any threat specific to Palawan," added Army spokesperson Col. Edgar Arevalo.

The PNP, stressed Carlos, never takes information for granted, which is why they make it a point to check its validity before making announcements.

"At the end of the day, people are still living normal lives in the area. Pag meron po tayong alam, ina-announce po namin 'yan," he said, pointing out the importance of vigilance amid reports of threats. --with reports from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News