BORONGAN CITY, June 7, 2017–Police has strengthened security in Eastern Samar to prevent possible spill over of terrorism amid the escalation of violence in Marawi.
Supt. Michael Jude Dotingco, spokesperson of the Eastern Samar Provincial Police office said that their line units are put on highest alert.
This means intensified police operations, police patrols and setting up of checkpoints around the province.
He urged Eastern Samarenos to cooperate and be patient because this is being done to secure our province and protect the citizens.
Maintaining the peace and order situation of the province is important and authorities are making sure that economic activities will not be affected.
The regional chief of the PNP directorial staff, PSSUpt Nicerion Obaob, gave assurance that the whole Eastern Visayas remains peaceful and that they are on the situation.
They are coordinating with their counterparts from the Philippine Army and Coast Guard especially in monitoring and intelligence gathering.
Reportedly, security is beefed up in all entry and exit points to and from the region including intensified sea patrol.
While the PNP is on high alert, all policemen are on duty, and vacations or applications for leave of absence are cancelled, according to police sources.
Authorities are urging the people to remain calm but vigilant, watchful and support the campaign to maintain order.
They are encouraging residents to report any unusual activity to the police.
Meanwhile, the PNP said that this intensified security operations will not affect the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. (Eden Cidro/Este News)