PHILIPPINES Dela Rosa: PNP under ‘terror alert level 3’

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights resumes its probe on December 5, 2016 investigating the death of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

The Philippine National Police is now on “terror alert level 3,” PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Thursday, December 1.

Dela Rosa made the announcement in a news conference at Camp Crame, where he presented two suspects in the alleged attempt to plant an improvised explosive device (IED) near the United States embassy in Manila.

Asked what the terror level alert means, Dela Rosa said it’s “police terminology” but did not elaborate. He urged the public to be vigilant.

“Alert lang tayo (Let’s just be alert). I’m advising the public to be viglant, to be alert, to be cautious, but don’t panic. Relax. Enjoy your Christmas,” he said.

He said checkpoints around the country, which President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier ordered removed, will be restored.

The country is still under a “state of national emergency on account of lawlessness” following the Davao City blast which claimed the lives of at least 15 people. The Maute terror group is held responsible for the Davao incident.