PNP declares heightened alert status nationwide

PNP declares heightened alert status nationwide

- The Philippine National Police has raised the heightened alert status nationwide

- This alert status was effective as of 12:01 AM, January 28

- With this declaration, the police are to intensify their security measures

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has declared a heightened alert status all over Philippines on Monday. KAMI learned that this was a step after the twin suicide bombings in Jolo, Sulu.

As reported by GMA News, the declaration became effective as of 12:01 AM, January 28, Monday.

According to PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, they raised the heightened alert nationwide in order to prevent other similar attacks to happen in other regions in the Philippines.

With the declaration of the heightened alert status, the police are allowed to intensify their security measures, especially at the checkpoint operations. They will also strictly implement the election gun ban.

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The regional directors were also given the authority to raise their alert level in their respective jurisdictions if ever needed.

In a previous report by KAMI, twin bombing attacks happened during a mass in a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu. 20 were reported dead and more than 100 mass-goers were reported injured. An Islamic State group has claimed the responsibility over the attack. However, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has tagged the Abu Sayyaf over the incident.

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