By Perfecto T. Raymundo
MANILA (PNA) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will use thousands of private security guards scattered nationwide as front-liners in the campaign against urban terrorism.
This is in line with the PNP’s implementation of target-hardening measures in malls and other high-traffic civilian areas, with the help of private security agencies.
This was disclosed by PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) acting chief, Sr. Supt. Mario Espino, during the SOSIA’s seminar for the private security industry in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Wednesday.
Espino said that with bomb threats circulating left and right, whether true or not, security guards are naturally the first responders in these situations.
Based on best practices, he said, deterrence is still the most effective way of countering any terrorist threat.
Espino explained that terrorists could be discouraged from carrying out their plans if they see that security is too tight for them to risk trying.
He reminded the country’s security guards, “Let’s not make it easy for the terrorist.”
Four bomb threats rocked Manila on Monday and another bomb threat was received by the Makati City Hall on Tuesday, but all them turned out negative or a “hoax”.