Alert were raised among various Visayan islands including Bohol, Dumaguete, Cebu and Siquijor after around 30 suspicious and unidentified men on board three big motorized Ridgid Inflatable Boats (RIB) were spotted sailing off the waters of Siquijor last August 11.
This was almost a month after various foreign governments have recently released updated travel advisories warning their citizens against traveling almost the entire Mindanao due to high risks of terrorist attacks and kidnappings.
Nonetheless, despite these claims, local authorities are still grateful that community vigilance is quite active not only among intelligence communities but also among local residents.
The recent travel advisory updates from various foreign governments and intelligence reports continuously coming in regarding suspicious individuals particularly among coastal waters and communities have been constant reminders for both government forces and locals to be always on guard for similar threats.
- It is reiterated for partners to observe high precaution especially among coastal communities in Cebu, Bohol, Negros and Siquijor.
- Partners are also advised to observe vigilance against any suspicious individuals and luggage and immediately report them to the nearest authorities.
- It is also reiterated for partners to refresh their personnel when it comes to emergency response and threat handling; particularly those operating among the provinces listed above.