PNP to pull out cops deployed in Taal 14-km danger zone

Robie de Guzman
Philippine police (L) advise citizens of restricted access implemented in a community affected by ash deposits after an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines 14 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – Police officers deployed within the 14-kilometer permanent danger zone around the restive Taal Volcano will be pulled out, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the directive was based on the advisory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) due to the persisting danger it presents despite weakening volcanic activities.

“Ilalabas na natin ang mga pulis beyond the circumferential line, meron tayong mga risk control point na itatalaga at doon lamang mananatili ang mga pulis natin para na rin sa safety ng mga pulis,” he said.

Banac assured that policemen will continue to secure evacuation centers and areas on lockdown amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

The PNP official also urged remaining holdouts to flee their homes for their own safety following reports of residents ignoring the risks and government advisory to try to go home to fetch their belongings.

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means that a hazardous eruption may occur within hours or days. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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