ZCPO sheds light on IED scare in Abong-abong PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:25

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

A lapse in equipment protocols by security personnel undergoing training at Abong Abong was cited as the reason for the left behind IED training gear which caused panic among residents Saturday, November 7.

City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro Monday morning lamented the incident involving the Regional Public Safety Battalion 9 (RPSB9) and its training session at the Climaco Freedom Park last Saturday as an “unfortunate one”.

“When they were trying to load their equipment to the pickup, one of the training kit was left behind. Based on our debriefing with them, they failed to follow the checklist of equipment out, equipment in,” Casimiro explained to the local media at City Hall press briefing.

Aside from the equipment protocol, another lapse of the training team was failure to secure written approval from the local government unit to use the park grounds for training which, Casimiro noted, complicated matters.

response to the incident, the necessary debriefing was conducted by the City Police for their EOD personnel. A report of the incident as well as a letter from the local government unit was also dispatched to the PNP Regional Director.

“We made the necessary the debriefing. Rest assured, our bomb squad will continue with the different target hardening practices no longer in parks but most probably in the special action force camp in Ecozone or in their own camp in Mercedes,” said Casimiro.

Relative to sanctions, Casimiro said the RPSB “will be doing the sanctions on their bomb squad personnel”.

The aforementioned training is part of the preparations undertaken by security forces to harden security in the City in light of the upcoming APEC conference in the country this November.

Casimiro said they have received national directive to tighten security in their respective areas of responsibilities, specifically in entry and exit points such as terminals and ports. — Jasmine Mohammadsali