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More cops sent to secure Sinulog

By: Chito O. Aragon January 14,2014 - 02:41 PM

As part of the Sinulog security preparations, the Philippine National Police placed the entire police force in the province of Cebu on “full alert” starting yesterday while the rest of Region 7 is on “heightened alert” status.

Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, chief of police of Central Visayas, yesterday said the alert declaration is meant to ensure that all policemen are in their respective posts and proactive measures are properly implemented.

Full alert is the highest security status which is equivalent to red alert in the military while heightened alert status means that at least 50 percent of the total police personnel of every unit is available for deployment.

He said millions of people are expected to come to Cebu for the annual Sinulog festival and for this, additional policemen will be deployed.

“We also requested the availability of our new recruits, those who just took their oaths as well as those PNP personnel who are undergoing training to be (sent) to Cebu City,” Constantino said.

He said at least 500 policemen from PRO-7 will reinforce the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).

Security plans are already in place and they have not received reports of any major incidents related to the observance of the Sinulog.

Constantino said that although they are prepared for any untoward incident, he is hopeful for a peaceful celebration.

The official urged the public to report immediately to the police any unscrupulous individuals who might take advantage of the celebration.

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