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Authorities in Metro Manila are eyeing a link between illegal drugs and terrorism.

After convening the Metro Manila Regional Peace and Order Council with all the concerned local goverment units in Metro Manila, QC Mayor Herbert Bautista told media that their closed door briefing focused mainly on this. “basically anti drug operation and its relationship with terrorism yun na yung usapan we were briefed by NICA and although cofnidential yung speifics pro talagang nakikita na namin yung correlation ng drugs sa terrorism”

Likewise they are keeping a close watch on security in the capital region.

Bautista  told media, “there will always be threats there are cells na in place na yan theyre waiting for triggers ang ginagawa ng NCRPO at ng joint task force nagmomonitor sila  very intense ang sharing of information ngayon to address the issue of terrorism”

Bautista said local authorities are seeking more information as to how to deal with the problem in their respective jurisdictions. “more of the mayors that they be briefed in their respective areas ano gagawin nila.”

While they think  last week’s Resorts World Manila Incident is a personal crime of the assailant, they are also waiting to see what the investigation will yield to show what actions authorities have to take moving forward. Bautista said, “sa resorts world is a persoal matter we leave it  first to the investigators kung ano yung findings nila meaning yung Bureau of Fire pagdatingsa larangan  ng yung tanong ni Presidente fire exit, sprinkler system etc pagdatings a security PNP bakit parang di pwede sila magdala ng baril sa loob. we leave it to them  perhaps theyll be able to come up with guidelines how to address di lang sa buong metro manila but the entire country”

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