Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered government forces to tighten security in the city following the bombing in Lamitan City, Basilan.
Climaco also urged the public to remain vigilant to prevent a similar incident from happening, which resulted in the death of 11 individuals, including the driver, who was an alleged suicide bomber.
Following the explosion Tuesday morning, July 31, the local chief executive convened a meeting of the security forces, including Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, and Councilor Josephine Pareja, who chairs the Peace and Order Committee of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Also present in the meeting were City Administrator Apple Go, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) officer-in-charge Sr. Supt. Alan Nazarro, Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Leonel Nicolas and representatives from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Marines and other agencies.
The mayor directed the police and Task Force Zamboanga to heighten all checkpoints at the entry and exit points of the city, including coastal and sea patrols.
Climaco also asked private wharves owners to impose security measures against the entry of lawless elements using their facilities.