NCRPO on full alert status starting Nov. 25 in preparation for SEA Games

Maris Federez

MANILA, Philippines – It is all systems go for the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as far as their laid-out security measures for the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) are concerned.

NCRPO acting director PBGen Debold Sinas said 8,000 police are to be deployed to guard the 27 billet areas and 20 venues for the 24 sports activities in Metro Manila.

The deployment of the police will start on November 22, and the full alert status of the police force will be from November 25 to December 14.
Sinas also said that they will assign plainclothes policemen in the venues and the hotels where delegates and heads of states will be billeted.

“Ni-limit talaga yung mga long firearms natin so mga short firearms lang, nilimit yung long firearms, fatigue uniform to periperal para di sila maalarma,” Sinas said.

He added that, to date, they have not received any security threats in Metro Manila in relation to the country’s hosting of the SEA Games.

“We just comply with the directive to secure the venues, the road, and the billet areas, no threat has been received as of now,” Sinas added.

The official reminds those who will watch the SEA Games that bringing in water, oversized bags, and sharp and pointed objects is prohibited, and that it is more prudent to just use transparent bags in going to the sports venues. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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