For her personal security, Vice President Leni Robredo might not return to her hometown in Naga City for awhile. She is known for riding the public bus, despite now being the second-highest government official. This is after intelligence reports revealed that there is a potential threat from the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in her own area.
As noted at Bicol Standard this Wednesday, September 7, an intel report says that certain Harit, an alleged ASG member, arrived in Naga City yesterday. But because local police cannot track his exact current location, the public is being advised not to stay in crowded places. In line with this, Police Regional Office 5 issued a press release to calm the residents.
“The terrorists and other threat groups may take advantage of the festivities to undertake sabotage, raids and other terroristic activities against PRO5 and AFP units/installations to embarrass the government.” The said release reads, noting that criminals such as thieves and pickpockets may also be also be present during the upcoming Peñafrancia Festival.
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“To address such, PRO5 created Peace and Order Task Force for the Peñafrancia Festival 2016, which will serve as the front-liner in the conduct of security operations within Naga City and its adjacent municipalities in Camarines Sur.” It added, with 500 police officers to be assigned to protect the residents and tourists who will attend the festival this Friday.
This Tuesday, a Facebook post by a certain Jessa Aure Bermas went viral, saying that, “Just in. Intelligence group of PNP Naga texted my father who is the Chief of Police – Caramoan that Abu Sayyaf members are now inside the City of Naga to perform possible terrorism attacks. Pls be safe everyone and avoid crowded places.”
The said Facebook post, which has been already deleted, was confirmed by Chief Insp. Joselito Bermas, admitting that Jessa is her daughter. However, he defended her, saying that she is too young to understand the negative effect of her post. She later apologized on Facebook, adding that she regrets doing it, and clarified that her post is not true.
Meanwhile, additional security was provided to the children of VP Robredo as Naga Police is taking the problem seriously. Robredo, who recently visited the survivors of the Davao bombing, has not yet commented on the potential ASG threat in Naga City. Nevertheless, it remains unknown if she will still ride a bus in case she insist in returning to her hometown.