The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not received any credible or serious threat to the observance of the Holy Week, its spokesperson, Police Colonel Jean Fajardo, said Monday.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa po tayong natatanggap na any credible or serious threat with respect to the observance ng Holy Week,” Fajardo said in an interview on Unang Balita.
(Right now, we have not received any credible or serious threat with respect to the observance of the Holy Week.)
“Nonetheless, patuloy po tayong nagbabantay at nakikipag-ugnayan sa ilang law enforcement agencies to make sure na hindi po tayo malulusutan ng anumang banta sa seguridad,” she added.
(Nonetheless, we have been continuing our monitoring and coordination with other law enforcement agencies to make sure that there will be no security lapses.)
According to Fajardo, PNP’s full deployment and implementation of heightened alert are set for Holy Tuesday.
The PNP earlier said more than 77,000 police personnel will be deployed to areas of convergence to ensure public security during the summer holidays including the Holy Week.
A total of 38,387 officers would be deployed for more police presence through mobile and foot/beat patrol.
Another 39,504 officers will be designated in select areas of convergence, including major thoroughfares, transportation hubs, terminals, commercial areas, and places of worship.
These police personnel will man police assistance desks and hubs to respond to the complaints and concerns of the public.
On Palm Sunday, PNP chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. called on all commanders of the police force to aspire for a zero-casualty week.
"For all travelers via different airlines or seaports, let's all ensure that no untoward incidents will happen at the airports and seaports especially the baggage or belongings of passengers," he said in a statement.
"To those taking the bus, please ensure that the drivers are okay, not tired and the buses are in good running conditions. Let's keep this holy week one of the safest and most peaceful one,” he added. —KBK, GMA Integrated News