THE Eastern Police District (EPD) will deploy around 1,623 policemen and force multipliers in 15 private and public cemeteries in the eastern part in the observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2.
Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba, EPD chief, said all preparations are set for the “Ligtas Undas 2018” to ensure peace and order during the yearly tradition.
Police will be securing 15 cemeteries -- five in Marikina, four in Mandaluyong and Pasig cities and two in San Juan.
San Juan police chief Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes said he instructed his men in securing cemeteries which need to have added security due to the influx of people who will pay homage to their loved ones.
As early as yesterday, the EPD conducted “Ligtas Undas 2018” and visited cemeteries in the city.
Reyes wanted to ensure that these places will not attract lawless elements so that target-hardening measures need to be made.
To prevent lawless elements that may take advantage of the occasion, they will deploy additional police forces who will conduct beat and bike patrol, motorcycle and mobile patrol and civilian policemen based on the directive of Balba.
Meanwhile, Reyes advised cemetery-goers to refrain from bringing prohibited items such as flammable materials, deadly weapons, liquors, radios and karaoke machines, among others. Gambling is also prohibited.