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Before, armed cops are not allowed in the building as their presence would intimidate shoppers. However, because of bomb scares and other security threats, the PNP set a meeting with mall security managers.
According to police officials, the apprehension felt by the people after the Night market bombing in Davao City is being taken advantage of. Chief Superintendent Camilo Cascolan, PNP Directorate for Operations, said this move can increase the security of malls.
Law enforcers in civilian clothes are also allowed inside. Police officers are tasked to spot suspicious-looking people and to discreetly ask them to proceed to the security room.
Furthermore, Cascolan said that it is of utmost importance for the public to report abandoned packages and suspicious-looking people in public places.
According to reports, four women were sent by a Basilan-based Abu Sayyaf commander to carry out bombings in Metro Manila and to assassinate President Duterte.
The security managers of different malls such as Rustan’s, SM Megamall, Starbucks, Rockwell, Shangri-La, Diamond Hotel, Resorts World, Fisher Mall, Landmark, Ortigas Group, Megaworld, Sofitel, Centro Escolar University, and Aya Land attended the meeting in the PNP Multi-purpose Hall at Camp Crame.
They were encouraged to consider having bomb-sniffing dogs and adding more security features. ASCS