Following two explosions that transpired in Jolo, Sulu today, 24 August 2020, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr has declared ‘red alert’ in the entire region of Southwestern Mindanao to include Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi.
PCG personnel in the region are augmenting the forces of the AFP and PNP in investigating the incident specifically in identifying its perpetrators, as well as in responding to casualties and in ensuring the safety of the residents against succeeding threats.
Moreover, PCG K9 units, safety inspectors, and patrol boat operators are directed to be extra vigilant in securing ports, harbors, and other waterways in the region. Several K9 units of the Coast Guard are also ready for deployment as soon as requested by the AFP. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD