On Bacolod as One of the Next Bombing Targets, ‘Don’t Panic, Be Vigilant’

‘Don’t panic, be vigilant.’

This was the call of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday to the public as Bacolod City was tagged as a target of possible bombing, three days after Davao City was rocked by a bombing attack which killed 14 and injured about 80 persons.

“Let’s remain vigilant. Each and everyone citizen should be careful and not be complacent. We should be very observant,” Marañon said.

In a tweet posted on September 3, veteran journalist Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr., said that “the next target will be Bacolod, Cebu and Tondo.”

The Governor added that while he has yet to meet the police and military, he said “it is their obligation.”

“They should not only double-time but triple-time in their efforts against these terrorists,” he said.

“We should not sleep because `it is there, it is here’,” he said, adding that “we do not know our enemies. They may just be around.”

Marañon urged the public to report to the police “any suspicious looking person or activity.”

There is such a thing as “citizen’s arrest,” he said.

“I suggest that we train more dogs as they are the ones who can immediately smell danger,” he added.

Police and military in the province have intensified security with more police visibility in crowded areas as well as various ports of entry and the setting up of check points.*