BAGUIO CITY-- Mayor Mauricio Domogan has belied a report that Baguio City is under siege and is under "red alert" status.
He said messages circulated through text and the social media claimed that local authorities were advising residents to be "careful and avoid crowded places" and that Baguio City is under "red alert" status because of the presence of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in nearby municipalities of Benguet.
"We are safe in Baguio, we are not on red alert status," Domogan said.
"While our neighboring municipality is on heightened alert due to the hot pursuit being conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) against those who caused the burning of two trucks of Philex Mines in Itogon and a rumored encounter between the local police and the NPAs at Camp 4, Tuba both in Benguet yesterday, February 9, Baguio City remains peaceful and on preemptive alert," he assured.
Domogan, however, is appealing to the public not to get worried or alarmed about the presence of at least, 300 police trainees scattered throughout the city. "Let us not panic but rather be vigilant," he stressed.
The police trainees will be in Baguio City for the next six months, he said.
The city mayor is currently in the Province of Ifugao to preside over the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) with the Police Regional Office - Cordillera (PRO-Cor) director, P/CSupt Elmo Sarona. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency