Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde on Monday said they are not seeing any major threat to a peaceful All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day this week but police are not letting their guard down.
“As of this time, we have not monitored any threats. However, we will be always on our toes and our monitoring will be continuous since we are not taking things for granted including the possibility that some people may take advantage of the situation in cemeteries,” Albayalde said.
He said this week, they are again guarding the presence of fake priests who roam public cemeteries and private memorial parks looking for victims.
“We are warning the public na makipag-coordinate muna sa sementeryo kung sino talaga ‘yung pari doon. Marami po talagang nagpapanggap na pari at nagpapabayad kapag bebendisyunan ‘yung ating mga mahal sa buhay,” he said.
Albayalde stressed that he has ordered the full implementation on ban of firearms, deadly weapons, alcohol, drugs, videokes and playing cards inside cemeteries.
AFP, BJMP & DILG ON RED ALERT.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was put on red alert status starting yesterday, according to AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez.
“The unified commands and the Joint Task Force NCR, with our counterparts in the PNP will augment troops to secure public facilities such as cemeteries and other establishments in key cities around the country for Undas,” Galvez said.
In a security briefing at Camp Aguinaldo, Galvez ordered all military units to intensify intelligence monitoring and security operations .
“We will ensure that our troops, in support to the PNP, are ready to thwart any possible threat that may arise during the holidays,” Galvez said.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) also put all jails under a red alert status from Nov. 1 to 2 and gave the regional directors authority to decide for an extension.
“Depende sa kanila ‘yan, if they see it fit or necessary to extend the red alert status, then they can,” Jail chief Director Deogracias Tapayan told People’s Journal.
Tapayan said the move is to ensure an orderly jail operations in anticipation of the large volume of visitors during the long break.
While all roads lead to cemeteries, others are expected to give their detained loved ones a visit.
The BJMP chief urged jail wardens and officials to prepare for any untoward incidents.
Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo Año ordered local government units (LGUs) to convene their local peace and order councils (LPOCs) to formulate a contingency plan on peace and order and public safety; mobilize and deploy law enforcers, barangay tanods, and medical personnel; maintain the cleanliness of cemeteries and public places before, during and after Undas; and implement necessary measures towards its meaningful and peaceful observance.
“Sa panahong tulad ng Undas kung kailan maraming tao, there is no such thing as being ‘too prepared’ because we would not know when criminals would strike. Mas mabuti na ang maging sobrang handa kaysa malapit ang ating mga kababayan sa kapahamakan,” Año explained.
DILG spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan E. Malaya said the PNP is committed to deploy over 30,000 policemen to secure areas frequented by civilians such as malls, LRT and MRT stations, churches and the cemeteries, especially since it will be a long weekend.
PRC DEPLOYS 1.6K VOLUNTEERS.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) gathered some 1,686 staff and volunteers to provide safety and welfare assistance to the public for thsi year’s “Undas.”
As of October 29, PRC is on track to set up 192 first aid stations in 188 cemeteries and memorial parks, as well as major highways nationwide, including the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the organization would deploy more volunteers and ambulances during the busy weekend.
“Our volunteers and thousands of life-saving equipment are devoted to keep Filipinos safe as they pay respect to their departed loved ones. We are also urging the public to remain vigilant and be alert to prevent accidents, such as road crashes and fire incidents,” Gordon said.
Aside from first aid stations, 149 ambulances are mobilized and on standby, while 41 roving medical units are ready to assist patients who will be needing medical assistance. PRC has set up 126 welfare desks where the public can report missing relatives.
With Joel dela Torre and Arlene Rivera