THE Eastern Police District (EPD) reported no occurrence of crime incidents in Catholic churches in the whole eastern part of the metropolis during the start of traditional Simbang Gabi.
Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, EPD director, said the four police stations in eastern metro, composed of the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina and San Juan, reported no crime incidents in the vicinity of churches during the start of the predawn Masses.
Sapitula said beats and mobile patrollers, Tactical Motorcycle Riders (TMR), Special Reaction Units (SRU) and Explosives & Ordnance Division (EOD) personnel tightly secured the premises of churches during Mass.
The EPD chief also ordered deployment of personnel in shifts which started earlier yesterday until the end of the Yuletide season to keep EPD area of responsibility orderly and peaceful throughout the whole celebration of Simbang Gabi.
The four police stations of EPD also sponsored the conduct of Misa de Gallo at their own areas of responsibility as early as 4 a.m. yesterday.
The Pasig City Police Station sponsored a Mass at the Our Lady of Montefalco, the Mandaluyong City Police Station at the Divine Mercy Shrine, the Marikina City Police Station at the Our Lady of the Abandoned, Marikina City and San Juan City Police Station at St. John the Baptist Church.
The EPD also conducted its first anticipated Simbang Gabi at 9 a.m. through the initiative of Sapitula and Command Group at the EPD Headquarters in Pasig City.
Sapitula, earlier, intensified more police visibility in crime-prone areas and other places of convergence such as churches, malls, parks and vital installations in a bid to reduce street crimes as part of the heightened security plan during Holiday season.