MANILA, Philippines — All offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are in full alert status for the long holiday.
This is to ensure the safety of the public, particularly those going on vacation and those going to cemeteries.
The PNP has ordered increased police visibility by patrolling and deployment of road marshals who would assist motorists or passengers visiting their home provinces.
PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said the PNP has also set up assistance hub in cemeteries and other crowded areas, with the help of the personnel of other government agencies who would serve as force multipliers.
Dela Rosa said the force multipliers will help intensify the implementation of security measures during the observance of Undas.
“So far, we have not yet monitored any direct threat during the Undas and the upcoming ASEAN. But we do not neglect that. That’s why the regional director of the NCRPO says they are on red alert, they are on double alert. If necessary, they might produce more personnel to double the number of deployment to ensure the security of the people,”said the PNP chief.
The PNP also reminds the public to take caution against criminal elements like snatchers, Salisi gang, Laslas gang, and other criminal groups during the Undas.
The public is also advised against wearing expensive jewelry and of bringing huge amount of money in crowded areas to avoid falling victims to thieves.
The PNP has also these few reminders to those who would be on vacation for a long period:
First, ensure that the doors and windows of their houses are properly locked so Akyat Bahay gang won’t be able to break in.
The PNP also warns owners of establishments to remain vigilant against the so-called Acetylene gang or the tunnel rats syndicate.
“[We are] reminding you to double your security during Undas don’t forget to coordinate with the police so you could monitor your financial establishments. There might be another tunnel underneath, and you would be surprised that after your long vacation, you will notice a huge hole on your floor, and your vaults are already gone,” Dela Rosa said.
According to PNP Chief Dela Rosa, all policemen are on duty, while 50 percent of the personnel in the national headquarters are also on duty during the observance of Undas. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue