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August 31, 2015, Monday
  • Pres. Aquino led the National Heroes’ Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. 2 hours ago |
  • Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda thanks the INC for ending its 5-day protest rally. 2 hours ago |
  • 9 killed in a collision between a multicab & a truck before dawn Monday in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. 2 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino calls on people to unite & set aside personal interests during his message on National Heroes’ Day. 2 hours ago |
  • Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares says the right of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. to file a complaint must be respected. 2 hours ago |
  • CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna says DOJ must continue hearing the complaint of expelled INC Minister Isaias Samson Jr. 2 hours ago |
  • Fire kills 6 stay-in workers in a bakery in Taal, Batangas. 2 hours ago |
  • Clean-up of area around EDSA-Shaw Boulevard ongoing following 5 days of INC’s protest. 2 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow now moving along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 2 hours ago |
  • Some INC members still trooped to DOJ early Monday morning & left only after INC’s announcement that the protest was over. 2 hours ago |
  • Commuters who were at EDSA-Mandaluyong area about 6 am Monday experienced monstrous traffic jam due to INC rally. 2 hours ago |
  • INC members rejoiced upon hearing their leaders’ announcement at about 8 am Monday that they are ending the protest. 2 hours ago |
  • LRTA says the remaining value stored in the magnetic cards can be transferred to beep cards. 2 hours ago |
  • LRT-2 removes from all its stations the gates for magnetic cards as it paves the way for beep cards. 2 hours ago |
  • Registration for 2016 polls continues in selected malls in the provinces. 2 hours ago |
  • Comelec reminds public to register for 2016 elections before deadline comes on October 31. 2 hours ago |
  • Rains forecast over Central Luzon, Bicol, Isabela, Quirino, Rizal and Quezon. 2 hours ago |
  • Possibility of the LPA near Baler, Aurora developing into a storm remote. 2 hours ago |
  • LPA located at sea 390 kms. east southeast of Baler, Aurora. 2 hours ago |
  • INC evangelist Bienvenido Santiago says INC is concluding its protest as it has reached an understanding with gov’t. 3 hours ago |
  • Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) ends its protest at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 3 hours ago |

Holy Week exodus on; PNP raises alert level

By Florante S. Solmerin | Mar. 26, 2013 at 12:01am
The Philippine National Police on Monday said it had placed Luzon and the Visayas on heightened alert while Mindanao remained on full alert in line with security preparations for the Holy Week, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the directive officially took effect March 24.

“As per guidance of the Chief PNP, Director General Alan Purisima, the alert level is raised to heightened alert effective 5 p.m. on March 24 in Luzon and Visayas. PNP units in Mindanao plus the Special Action Force will remain at full alert,” Cerbo said.

Some of the vital points that will be under tight watch by the police are bus terminals, pierrs, airports and local tourist destinations.

Cerbo said policemen would be deployed in the major and secondary roads going to major tourists destinations.

He said that the PNP, in close coordination with the Armed Forces would likewise secure vital government and private installations from potential harassment by threat groups. the Highway Patrol Group

“PNP personnel who are deployed at convergence points and Police Assistance Desks are assigned to assist the general public. However, the mandatory police operations against criminal elements and dissident terrorists should not be overlooked” he said.

Purisima also instructed all regional directors and Police Units to coordinate with Local Government Units, non-government organizations and other government entities and volunteer groups in establishing public assistance desks and the deployment of Road Safety Marshalls.

National Capital Region Police Director Leonardo Espina meanwhile, said his office would 5,000 policemen to secure Metro Manila.

Espina said they  had activated the “force multipliers” composed of barangay officials and tanods (village officials and watchmen), security guards and various security and safety volunteers to help the police patrol crime-prone areas,  especially by members of “akyat-bahay” gangs.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista likewise directed the Joint Force Force-National Capital Region to place on standby 500 troops to provide support to the PNP in case of emergency.

Military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said the Armed Forces General Headquarters had directed area, division and brigade commanders to assess the security situation in their respective areas of responsibility and implement the appropriate security measure or level of alert.

Burgos said the standby troops are stationed inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City Police District said it deployed  policemen in plain clothes to serve as bus marshals who will be stationed in terminals to guard against robbery-holdup gangs.

QCPD director Senior Supt. Richard Albano said also deployed K-9 units in major bus terminals especially at the Araneta Center in Cubao for the security and safety of commuters. With Francisco Tuyay
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