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Full alert security for So. Leyte founding anniversary

June 24 - 30, 2017

CAMP ALFREDO BANTUG – This year’s founding anniversary will have a beefed up police security as the Philippine National Police (PNP) office recently informed SLT that it has intensified security measures in the province, particularly in Maasin City.

To ensure maximum police security, Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Warren De Leon will be deploying mobile patrols at the capitol grounds where people are expected to converge for the activities.

"The increased police visibility may serve as a deterrent against crime, as patrols may lessen opportunities for criminal elements, especially if there will also be heightened citizen vigilance and cooperation with the police," said De Leon as he warned criminal elements who may take advantage of the event.

“More stringent checkpoints are also expected amid the terror threats that happened in the Mindanao areas,” De Leon added.

De Leon assured the public that the PNP will be watchful to ensure this year’s 57th founding anniversary to be peaceful and secure.

“I ordered the PNP to be on heightened alert already before the week-long activities to assure the safety of the public during the event, especially that local and even foreign tourists are expected to flock to the province’s biggest annual event.

This is done to respond immediately if there are any criminal threats to thwart any possible terror or bomb attacks,” De Leon said.

The public is also encouraged to report any relevant information vital to the prevention of crime in the community, especially if there is a presence of armed men in their community.

“We also encouraged the public to exercise vigilance, and help the government in ensuring the safety and security of the province by immediately reporting any suspicious activity they see,” De Leon ended.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) they are also tightening security for all the incoming passengers on all our local ports, and had also been in close coordination with the different intelligence groups to enhance port security.(By MARK L. RIMAS)







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