PNP placed on full alert after Cotabato, Maguindanao blasts

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Posted at Dec 23 2019 12:51 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2019 01:36 PM

MANILA- The Philippine National Police said Monday it would implement stricter security measures this holiday season after blasts rocked the provinces of Cotabato and Maguindanao on Sunday.

PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said the police force is continuously monitoring the security situation in different areas under a "full alert" status.

"Despite the explosions that happened in Mindanao, rest assured that the PNP is doing its best effort to identify the perpetrators and possibly prevent all those things from happening again in the next few days or for the yuletide season," Gamboa said.

"We're assuring the public that the PNP will always be here to protect you even this yuletide season," he added.

PNP has been on full alert since December 15 due to holiday revelries. 

At least 22 were wounded in the blasts that rocked Cotabato and Maguindanao, which happened days before the government lifts military rule in the southern Philippines.

"It's really a fact that a lot of threat groups might take advantage of the yuletide system kasi iniisip nila na nagre-relax ang armed component ng gobyerno dahil yuletide but of course, the PNP is on full alert status throughout the country," Gamboa said.

Gamboa also urged the public to report to authorities any suspicious activity, or information that could help the investigation into the explosions.