‘No presence of terrorist group in Iloilo City’

Senior Superintendent Martin Defensor Jr.
Senior Superintendent Martin Defensor Jr.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) on Monday maintained that there is no presence of any terrorist group in the metropolis.

Senior Superintendent Martin Defensor Jr., ICPO director, said residents and tourists visiting the city have nothing to worry about their safety and security.

The top cop made this assurance following the series of hoax bomb threats as well as killings in city perpetrated by riding-in-tandem suspects.

“Our peace and order situation here remains manageable,” Defensor said.

On October 4, Police Station 1 arrested a mentally-challenged man, 28, responsible for sending fake bomb threats to two universities in the city.

On the other hand, the investigations on riding-in-tandem killings are still ongoing, Defensor said.

He advised the public to stay calm but vigilant, and to immediately report suspicious persons and packages.

Meanwhile, the number of crime incidents in the city went down by 53 percent, based on data from ICPO.

ICPO recorded 35 crimes from Sept. 21 to 27, lower compared to 75 crimes in the same period last year.

Defensor attributed the decrease to their intensified police visibility.

ICPO also conducted three buy-bust operations which resulted in the confiscation of 16 sachets of suspected shabu.IMT