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    Manila in full vigilance vs terror threat

    POLICE and military forces in Metro Manila are in “full vigilance” mode even as the terror threat in Davao City is not expected to spill over to the metropolitan area, Palace officials said on Monday.
    Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said military intelligence reports indicated that the threat was specifically directed at Davao City.
    “The information we have is that it is limited to Davao City,” he said, adding “(there’s) no threats in Manila.”
    Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma stressed that it is normal procedure that when a place is under threat, other places are on full vigilance mode as well.
    Coloma assured that the country is always prepared to respond to terrorism threats.
    He said it is important to prepare in advance because an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
    In Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered police and military to effect higher level of alert in the city as President Benigno Aquino III himself relayed intelligence information on the presence of international terrorists in Southern Philippines.
    Duterte hastily convened a command conference on Thursday night at Grand Men Seng Hotel after a phone call from the president instructing him to ensure safety of the people.
    “Do not take it lightly,” Duterte quoted Aquino, who phoned him at about 5:00pm on Thursday (June 26). The mayor echoed the same to police officers, military commanders and concerned agencies, saying "coming from the president is a serious matter."
    While there was no specific details provided to him, Duterte said he wants everybody to do more to ensure that the city remains peaceful and safe.
    According to the mayor, the government is pursuing “persons of interest” or people in the radar of the government security forces.
    Duterte expects more mobile checkpoints and enforce stricter checks at entry and exit points of the city.
    “I task everybody to cooperate,” Duterte said.
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