Eastern Mindanao Command raised the alert level on Thursday, May 11, 2017, following the travel advisory of the United States to its citizens to avoid Palawan because of the possibility of kidnappings.
While the travel advisory was specific to Palawan, the Command had to raise the alert level in the area because of the possibility of terrorist groups shifting or diverting operations to Eastern Mindanao.
The EMC in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Local Government Units, and other Law Enforcement Agencies are taking the necessary measures to secure the maritime, coastal and land areas against a terrorist attack.
The EMC enjoins the public to be vigilant but calm and to immediately report to law enforcement units any suspicious-looking individual or activity in their vicinity.
Early morning of May 11, 2017, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao conducted drills and simulation exercises to test and evaluate their capability in responding to terrorism.