During the first half of this year, the PNP is bombarded with “domino effects” of suicide bombing incidents particularly in Sulu. Actions were already taken by to manage and counter terrorism in other regions of the country thus NCRPO Anti-Terrorism plan like SIMEX (Simulation Exercises) was further strengthen in every police districts of Manila.

To ensure the synergy and integration of all actions, the Eastern Police District and its subordinates conducted Simulation Exercises within the vicinity of Pasig City Sports Center at about 2:00 PM of July 31, 2019.

The bombing incident starts with an explosion. Some of the bystanders at the area were injured and some were found dead. After receiving report/alarm about the incident, dragnet operations on the four city police stations of EPD were activated for apprehension of fleeing suicide bombers/suspects. The personnel of PaMaMariSan immediately establish and set-up check-points to close the probable escape route, intercept, and arrest the terrorist.

PCOL ERSON U DIGAL, who was tasked as Incident Commander, said that even these terror tactics by local extremists marks a major escalation and was unheard by some people, then this activity is very timely to inform the public whenever the unexpected bombing incident happens.

Moreover, the EPD’s successful SIMEX was done in lateral coordination with the BFP, TPMO, BCEO, DSRU, COPs of PaMaMarisan and SWAT/DEOD team along with the partnership of LGU of Pasig and community.

“This is only one example of how Eastern Police District has its community level efforts to counter terrorism that may pose threat to the peace and order situation of Metro-East. And I believe the people behind this are the key partners and can play the crucial role to save people’s lives. Rest assured that EPD will further secure the vital installations and public facilities that could be a target of these hostilities.” PCOL DIGAL added.