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7 suspected ‘bomb-laden’ vehicles on Philippine Police watchlist


DUBAI – The Philippine National Police is keeping a tight watch over the Philippines’ port of entries following an intelligence report that vehicles packed with explosive devices may enter the country, a senior police officer told on Monday (June 5).

Speaking to, Senior Police Officer IV Allan Pestanas of the Philippine National Police – Regional Maritime Unit 9, said that police have put seven suspected vehicles on their watch list for possibly “carrying improvised explosive device”. Police suspect that the vehicles may exit through roll-on and roll-off vessels and port terminals.

“We are coordinating with shipping lines and operators on this matter… so far we have not come across anything,” Pestanas said.

A copy of the police memo shared with revealed details of the suspect vehicles, which include a black Toyota Hilux with plate number TO 4823, a white Nissan Sentra with plate number UAE 452 driven by a certain Mohammad Romato and a black Toyota Land Cruise with plate number VIM 889.

The police watchlist also includes a black Honda Civic with plate number KDY 462, grey Toyota Vios with plate number ZBM 340, black Isuzu Dmax with plate number PIJ 139 and a black Toyota Innova with plate number ZDT 395.

The alert came as 4,000 Philippine troops continued to battle Daesh-allied militants in Marawi, where 178 people have been killed and at least 2,000 civilians still trapped in the predominantly Muslim city. JMYDS/Expat Media



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