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Coast Guard downplays Japan’s terror warning



Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)

The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday downplayed the warning issued by the Embassy of Japan on the possible terror attacks in six countries in the Southeast Asian region, including the Philippines.

PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Leopoldo Laroya said there is reason to be alarmed, adding that Coast Guard has intensified border protection measures and 24/7 seaborne patrol operations within its areas of responsibility.

“As the third armed service of the country, the PCG never takes a break in upholding maritime security and ensuring the safety of fishermen and other mariners venturing into our maritime jurisdiction,” Laroya said.

“With the latest pronouncement of the Japan Embassy, rest assured that our men and women will not put their guards down and will continue to be vigilant in conducting precautionary measures for public safety,” Laroya added.

Laroya assured that intelligence officers and deployed personnel are constantly coordinating with the National Intelligence Committee, Anti-Terrorism Council, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police to assist in the implementation of whole-of-nation approach in dealing with national security and public safety issues.

Laroya alsyo enjoined the general public to remain vigilant and report to proper authorities any suspicious person or activity in seaports, harbors, and coastal communities for immediate action.