THE Eastern Police District (EPD) conducted a dialogue with gas plant managers and operators, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) suppliers, truck owners and transport for hire business from Metro Manila’s eastern area as part of the government’s anti-terrorism campaign.
The dialogue aims to create precautionary measures on how to avoid being a victim of radical acts through the use of vehicles that could create panic on the streets and disrupt peace and order.
“The battle against terrorism is not only an internal security concern but primarily a battle of information,” EPD Director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said.
He urged truck owners and LPG suppliers to check the background of their employees.
“Ang seguridad ng business ninyo ay magsisimula sa inyo. Para hindi magamit sa terrorism o anumang kriminalidad ang inyong mga negosyo, mas mainam po kung gumawa kayo ng strict policies at proper profiling ng inyong mga empleyado at i-report ang mga kahina-hinalang ginagawa ng inyong mga trabahador sa pulisya (Your business security starts with you. So as not to be used in acts of terrorism or crime, you should implement strict policies and proper profiling of your employees and report to authorities any suspicious actions of your workers),” Sapitula said.
The dialogue also served as an avenue for businessmen to get in touch with other traders for easy background checking of applicants.
According to Chief Inspector John Kawi Guiagui, stopping vehicular attacks especially by a truck, car or bus is not easy. Recently, cars have been used in bombing attacks abroad, leading to mass casualties.
The EPD also called on the public to report to authorities suspicious people or vehicles in their communities.