Tuguegarao City bans backpacks, suspends 'no helmet, no travel' policy due to terror threat

Harris Julio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2019 06:49 PM

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - The city government of Tuguegarao has temporarily suspended its “no helmet, no travel” policy until August 20, due to threats of terrorism.

Mayor Jefferson Soriano, in an official statement, said that the government wanted to ensure public safety amid information of terrorist threat in Northern Luzon.

Earlier this month, an alleged alert memo ordering the intelligence unit of Northern Luzon Command to heighten its monitoring due to a possible terror attack in several churches has circulated in social media.

“We understand that this information has caused serious concern among our constituents. However, please be assured that the matter is being taken seriously by our city officials and our local police,” said Soriano, who is a retired policeman.

The “no helmet, no travel” policy was implemented beginning July 1, with violators ordered to pay a penalty of P200 to P500.

Backpacks were also prohibited during various activities such as the TugSayaw Competition, Afi Festival Dance Presentation, and Miss Tuguegarao Pageant which will be held in Cagayan Sports Complex.

Residents have been advised to be extra vigilant and to report any untoward incident to these following mobile numbers:

0905-800-5118 (PNP Tuguegarao City)
0906-622-9924 (Tuguegarao City Command Center)