Saturday, October 28, 2006
THE Police Regional Office 10 (PRO 10) went on full alert effective at 10 a.m. Friday as SOP following President Arroyo’s departure for an official trip to China and in preparation for All Saints’ Day and the Christmas season, said Northern Mindanao police head Chief Supt. Florante Baguio yesterday.
Baguio said he has instructed his field commanders to maintain high police visibility and 24-hour patrols. He said each provincial and city police office has formed its dedicated team to guard vital installations and other key places.
Baguio said the full alert status in the entire region will remain up to Nov. 3 and may be extended as the need arises.
He reminded the public about the routine prohibition against carrying bladed weapons, alcoholic drinks and other illegal items inside cemeteries.
Early last week, police in the entire region has already increased alert level and even pronounced itself ready for any eventuality and prepared for any threat against peace during the said celebration of All Saints’ Day.
A memorandum from Camp Crame was also issued according to Baguio. The memorandum was signed by PNP chief Director General Oscar Calderon, directing all PNP personnel in the entire country to provide maximum security coverage and public safety service to include security assistance along the highways and major thoroughfares.
Starting Tuesday, last week, hundreds of policemen including regional mobile and traffic management group in the city likely seen on highways in preparation for the said two days activities.
"The entire police regional office is prepared for any threat against the peace of our country," said Baguio "will be on call 24 hours a day and our units are prepared for any eventuality."
The memorandum also directed all regional offices in the country to increase police visibility and provide traffic management along routes leading to cemeteries and other places of convergence such as airports, seaports and bus terminals.
“The activities shall be carried-out with the support of government agencies, non-government and other volunteer organizations,” Baguio said.
In the aftermath of the bombing attacks in Makilala, Cotabato early this month though, which killed seven people, Baguio cautioned the public to remain on their toes and immediately report to authorities any strangers behaving suspiciously.
"Kailangan ay lagi tayong maging mapagmasid sa ating kapaligiran… Iyung PNP, mga local government units ay nagtutulong-tulong para makapangasiwa ng mga security measures," he said.
Baguio said despite reported threat attacks by the MILF rebels in Lanao del Norte still police units still on guard.
“The attacks from rebel groups during the holidays might be possible but we’re ready at all times,” Baguio said.
Baguio also ordered policemen assigned in big cemeteries in key cities in the region to conduct arrests to people and confiscate bringing liquor including people playing cards, illegally.
“Hindi natin pinapayagan ang mga inuming nakalalasing sa loob ng sementeryo,” Baguio said adding drinking liquor inside the cemetery would disrupt and create unmannered environment particularly people praying with their dead.
Meanwhile, Traffic Management Office 10 regional chief PSupt. Felixberto Castillo said they are now conducting a 24-hours police patrolling on highways near cemetery in Cagayan de Oro City.
“Our men assigned in two major highways in Bulua and upper Balulang going Lumbia are all on guard, watching people traveling here in Cagayan de Oro,” Castillo said.
Castillo said an IMPLAN 11/2006, “Manman Kalye”, campaign against street crimes was also issued in observance of the said two-day activities.
“These are the crime that frequently occur in public places, such as highways, streets, and alleys, perpetrated by an individual or group of individuals against target,” Castillo said.
Castillo also said additional traffic enforcers will be deployed during All Souls and Saints day celebration.
“Checkpoints should be manned 24-hours during that days, our men assigned are all prepared and assured the riding public to reach cemetery safe and on time,” Castillo said.