MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has laid the security measures it will implement in the coming Southeast Asian Games.
PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said 27,000 police personnel will be deployed in ensuring peace and order in the event, to be assigned in the game venues, in convoys, and in hotels where delegates and heads of states will be billeted.
“Ang mabibigay nating assurance sa ating mga kababayan ang lahat ng mga delegado, atleta lalo na ang mga dayuhan ay may kaukulang security coverage at tinitiyak natin ang seguridad para sa lahat,” Banac said.
Of the 27,000 police officers, 18,000 will be coming from Metro Manila, while the rest will be coming from Central Luzon (Region3), Ilocos Region (Region 1), and in Calabarzon (Region 4-A).
They will be composed of personnel from the Quick Reaction Team and the Explosive and Ordnance Division.
K9 sniffing dogs will also be deployed in the venues.
The Police Security and Protection Group will be assigned to the security of the VIPs and delegates, while the PNP-Highway Patrol group will take care of the convoy and route security.
“Kabibilangan din ito ng presidential security group dahil may mga head of states na darating at dadalo sa opening,” Banac said.
Banac also assured that police visibility in other parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces will not be affected in assigning some of their personnel in the SEA Games.
“Sa ngayon ay wala tayong natatanggap na ano mang banta sa ating seguridad ngunit nananatili tayong nakaalerto at mapagmatyag sa ano mang magiging kaganapan at tinitiyak natin sa ating mga kababayan na handa ang pnp na tumugon kung ano man ang pangangailangan o emergency sa panahong ito,” he added.
Pre events for the SEA Games will start on November 23, with the formal opening to happen on November 30 in Bulacan. The Southeast Asian event will end on December 11. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf