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Sep 5, 2016
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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) chief does not want to take chances when it comes to the public's safety following the Friday night blast in Davao City, where 14 were killed.

Over the weekend, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno advised the public, especially those in Metro Manila, to steer clear of public places amid the threat of a potential terror strike, GMA News reported.

"We have to be careful sa Metro Manila, maski saan, maski sa buong Pilipinas, basta sa mga big cities, talagang mag-ingat tayo," he said.

Sueno also asked for the public's cooperation by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious individuals or activities in their surroundings.

But despite these warnings, he said everyone should remain calm so that potential threats can be easier detected and thwarted by authorities.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, for his part, said there was indeed a possibility for other major cities to be targeted.

In line with this, the PNP declared full alert status in Metro Manila where police visibility was increased while various checkpoints were installed since Saturday.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has also offered up a P2-million bounty for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the bombing incident, which the Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for.