From the Office of the Communications Secretary on terror alert level 3, 01 Dec. 2016

Placing the Philippines under terror alert level 3 is consistent with the declaration of state of national emergency or the declaration of state of lawless violence declared by President Duterte after the Davao bombing last September 2016.

The heightened alert was announced by the Chief, Philippine National Police after two (2) suspects were apprehended in connection with the discovery of an unexploded bomb similar to that exploded in Davao last September.

There is no such thing as perfect security but what is more important is authorities have successfully disarmed an improvised explosive device (IED) which could have wreaked havoc on the lives of our people.

The PNP placed in Alert 3 to conform with PNP Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which put the whole PNP in extreme alert for terrorists who might commit similar acts of planting bombs in Metro Manila. This could mean for the PNP to heighten their mobile checkpoints, increase intelligence activities and law enforcement operations.

We assure the public that there will be no disruption in their normal lives even if we have raised our security level in the same vein that there was no change in the way they live, work, or conduct business now that the country is under state of national emergency on the account of lawless violence.