Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bicol police on full alert for 'Undas', deploys 2,000 cops
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 31 (PNA) -- Bicol's regional police has placed all police units in the region under full alert effective midnight of Oct. 30 until Nov. 3 for the traditional observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

Bicol Police spokesperson, Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, said they have deployed 2,142 policemen to strategic areas in the region to augment local police units in cities and municipalities in ensuring peace and order, especially around cemeteries.

She said they have established 224 public assistance centers, desks and hubs and assigned 92 road marshals and 468 uniformed police officers along Bicol’s national highways.

In Albay, Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, spokesperson of Albay's provincial police, said they have also deployed an additional 1,205 police officers from the provincial command to augment the local police in the province’s 15 municipal police offices and three city police offices.

He said early Monday morning that people have begun to troop to private and public cemeteries, with more than 200,000 expected to visit their dear departed in 49 cemeteries in Albay.

Gomez said Albay police director, Sr. Supt. Antonino Cirujales, has been continuously conducting inspections and personally instructing his men to ensure peace and order in all areas.

Calubaquib added that their regular monitoring on the regional situation showed that no untoward incident or violation has happened so far in cemeteries. (PNA) CVL/JH/ssc