The Police Regional Office 11 strongly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated by terrorists/extremists in the market of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat yesterday, September 7, after an IED exploded leaving helplessly seven (7) casualties.

Immediately, I have instructed to raise all PNP Units in Region 11 to be in Full Alert Status, establish and strengthen checkpoints in the cities and municipalities in Davao Region; deploy maximum number of foot and mobile patrols especially in highly populated areas, as well as intensify intelligence monitoring and sharing of information with other units.

The PRO XI together with the AFP and other law enforcement agencies are doing its best to guard and secure the people against threat elements as we are 24/7 ready to address crime and to maintain order in the community with the help of our state of the art-equipment and facilities provided by the National and Local Government.

Despite these, we call on every citizens to be vigilant and watchful against terrorism and other forms of attacks.

We enjoin the people to be mindful and cooperate with us in preventing any untoward incident related to terrorism by reporting to us any suspicious situations or behaviors of persons through PRO 11 Hotline Number (09985987026), Dial 911, or on our Official Social Media Accounts (Pulis Rehiyon Onse 11, Police Regional Office 11 FB Page and General Marcelo Morales FB Page).

We will never be able to understand why harrowing incidents like this take place because it is not in our nature, which is why we should not recoil.

Let us all pray for the victims for their immediate healing with a knowledge that justice will soon prevail. We should not let this incident divide us and operate us in fear.