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PNP intensifies intelligence, security operations nationwide

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has ordered intensified intelligence and security operations throughout the country with the declaration of full alert status nationwide following the Makati City bus bombing on Tuesday that killed five people while 13 others were wounded.

Bacalzo placed the entire 137,000-strong police organization under full alert status effective 5 p.m. Tuesday, hours after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded inside a Newman Goldliner air-conditioned bus (TXJ-710) while traversing along the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue.

”All Police Regional Offices have been placed under full alert and all PNP units were ordered to intensify checkpoints and security operations specifically in soft targets such as vital installations, commercial centers, economic key points, mass transportation systems such as bus stations, railways and seaports and airports using special units such as K-9 and EOD (Explosive and Ordnance Division)Teams,” said Bacalzo.

Four passengers of the ill-fated bus died on the spot while another expired while being treated at a nearby hospital. Thirteen others were injured.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Nicanor Bartolome said initial investigation by the EOD showed that the IED used in the attack was composed of an 81mm mortar shell triggered by a cellphone device.

”We mobilized all available investigative and intelligence units to assist in the investigation of this bus explosion,” said Bacalzo.

Bacalzo also ordered the creation of a special investigation task group (SITG), headed by Southern Police District (SPD) director Chief Supt. Arnie delos Santos, to conduct thorough probe of the explosion.

A Crisis Management Committee, headed by Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, was also created.

Bacalzo ordered the SITG to coordinate closely with the committee.

”The SITG is composed of investigators from the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), Intelligence Group, Crime Laboratory and Philippine Bomb Data Center supported by the AFP-NCRCOM, NBI and MMDA,” said Bacalzo. (PNA)




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