Security forces in Zamboanga City have been placed on high alert over possible terrorist attacks, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said on Tuesday.
“There are terror threats in Zamboanga City,” Salazar said at an online press briefing.
The possible terrorist threats she identified include bombings and kidnappings.
The mayor, however, said the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was already aware of the possible threats to the city, and that security was being coordinated by the Regional Peace and Order Council, which Climaco-Salazar chairs.
On the other hand, Maj. Yashier Sarikin, Zamboanga City police spokesperson, said they cannot downplay reports of possible terror attacks on the city.
“Zamboanga City is always under threat,” he said, adding that terrorists “can strike anytime.”
“This is the reason all the intelligence operatives joined forces,” he added.
The raising of the alert level in Zamboanga City comes in the aftermath of the November 25 clash between police operatives and three suspected Abu Sayyaf group members in waters off the city. The three suspected terrorists were killed and recovered from them were two pistols and a cache of explosives, which raised suspicion they were about to conduct a bombing mission on the city. SOVEREIGNPH