- PNP Chief De la Rosa confirmed reports that terrorists are planning to conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas
- De la Rosa assured the public that the Central Visayas PNP is ready to thwart the threat
- The U.S. Embassy issued an advisory to American citizens against going to Central Visayas
Philippine National Police Director General Ronald De la Rosa confirmed receiving information that terrorists might conduct kidnappings in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu and Bohol.
The PNP chief, however, assured the public that security measures were put in place to thwart the possible kidnappings.
“Mayroon tayong preparation for that. I was briefed by the regional director of PRO7 (Police Regional Office 7) na may na-monitor nga silang ganoon. Then mayroon namang kaukulang aksyon na ginawa ang ating RD ng PRO7 para ma-thwart itong mga threat na ito,” GMA quoted De la Rosa as saying during a press conference.
[We have preparations for that. I was briefed by the regional director of PRO7 that they have monitored it (threat). Then, there is the corresponding action made to thwart the threat.]
The U.S. Embassy in Manila on Sunday, April 9, issued a travel advisory to American citizens warning against visiting Central Visayas because of the monitored threat from terrorist groups.
“US citizens should be mindful of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines,” part of the U.S. Embassy travel advisory read.