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PNP intensifies watch of threat groups after Bangkok blast

/ 07:57 PM August 18, 2015

The Philippine National Police is intensifying its monitoring of known threat groups following a massive explosion in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday night.

In particular, the Directorate for Intelligence and Directorate for Operations is stepping up its information-gathering activities in case anyone would take advantage of the bomb explosion, which killed more than 20 people and injured more than 100 victims.

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“Dir. Generoso Cerbo Jr., the Directorate for Intelligence, has ordered all intelligence units to conduct intensified monitoring and information gathering to deter any persons or group of persons who may take advantage of the situation,” said PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor.

So far, the PNP has not received any specific threat in the aftermath of the explosion at a popular shrine in Bangkok.

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Mayor said that as of Tuesday, there was no need yet for PNP to raise its alert levels.

The police official assured the public of its readiness to respond to any situation as their intelligence personnel have been deployed to monitor developments on the ground.

“The Directorate for Operations has already directed all units to be alert and vigilant and assure the public that the PNP is ready. This is the reason for the emphasis on police visibility, for policemen to be on the streets,” the PNP spokesperson said.

The PNP’s monitoring of threat groups includes the targets of the PNP’s criminality campaign, although the PNP is prioritizing the monitoring of threats related to the Bangkok blast. (Julie M. Aurelio, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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