THE Philippine National Police yesterday noted a generally peaceful situation across the country as millions of Filipinos observed All Saints’ Day and flocked to private and public cemeteries to visit their departed ones, officials headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa said.
This as President Rodrigo Duterte was reported to have been so pleased by security measures taken by the national police, the Armed Forces and other concerned government agencies and local government units.
No serious incidents were recorded in public cemeteries and private memorial parks as well as church-hosted columbariums nationwide.
Gen. Dela Rosa said the massive PNP security measures will continue at the airports, seaports and bus terminals until the long weekend is over.
National Capital Region Police Office director, Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde said the situation in Metro Manila specifically in and around 98 private and public cemeteries and places of public convergence in the metropolis was generally peaceful except for incidents of missing children and persons who were accosted for carrying banned items like bladed weapons inside cemeteries.
Albayalde said over 9,500 policemen were deployed in different parts of Metro Manila, with the police getting support from their counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines-National Capital Region, local government units and other force multipliers to ensure the safety and security of the public.
The deployment started last Saturday and will last until tomorrow in order to secure different areas of interest including public and private cemeteries, bus terminals, airports and seaports, churches and other places of worship, tourist destinations, vital installations including power and telecommunication sites and various places of convergence during the period, said Albayalde.
“We’re deploying all our available manpower and resources in anticipation of the coming long weekend and observation of Undas 2016,” Albayalde said.
Gen. Dela Rosa said he has mobilized local police and National Support Units for police visibility, crime prevention and law enforcement operations in transportation hubs such as airports, seaports, bus terminals, and mass transportation facilities, as well as along major thoroughfares where PNP Units will man Police Assistance Centers in anticipation of the annual exodus of city residents to the provinces.
In cooperation with LGUs, NGOs, civilian volunteers and force multipliers, local PNP units are also undertaking focused public safety operations in memorial parks, public cemeteries, columbaria; as well as other public places of convergence in commercial centers, shopping malls, amusement parks and places of worship.
The official said local PNP units are conducting joint foot and mobile patrol in communities to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of unattended resi