Dela Rosa’s Undas request: Be vigilant vs terrorist threat

Rambo Talabong
Dela Rosa’s Undas request: Be vigilant vs terrorist threat
Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa urges the public to report suspicious activities as the nation observes All Saints' Day

MANILA, Philippines – As people flock to cemeteries and transport terminals for Undas, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa urged the public to be vigilant, more than ever, against any terrorist threat.

“‘Yung mga nag-ce-celebrate ng Undas we are encouraging you to be vigilant always para maalis natin ‘yung terrorism, ‘yung threat ng terrorism,” Dela Rosa said during a press conference on Monday, October 30.

(For those celebrating Undas, we are encouraging you to always be vigilant so that we can remove the threat of terrorism.)

“Kapag may na-obserbahan kayo diyan, ‘yang mga kahina-hinala na mga bagay sa mga terminal, sa sementeryo kung saan maraming tao ang nagko-converge, please report ninyo sa authorities para hindi tayo maisahan ng mga terorista,” he added. (READ: Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi)

(If you observe anything suspicious in terminals and in cemeteries, where many people converge, please report it to the authorities so that terrorists could not put one over us.)

This comes as the PNP remains on the lookout for possible extremist activities, despite winning a 5-month battle against homegrown terrorists in Marawi City.

In October, the police arrested people with suspected ties to the Maute Group. (READ: Manager of mall bazaar funding Maute Group arrested)

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are among the busiest days of the year for the predominantly Catholic Philippines.

Millions visit their departed loved ones in cemeteries. Thousands head to their home provinces for the occasion.  

Dela Rosa said authorities have not monitored any threats in relation to the holidays, but added that he has ordered Metro Manila cops to be on “double alert” for attacks as they watch over the country’s most crowded cemeteries. (READ: November 1 in history–

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.