Cops keep security amid panic in CARAA-A A +A
Monday, February 10, 2014
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Police Provincial director Rodolfo Azurin said security of Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) delegates have been a top priority since the sports meet opened last week.
Azurin said amid the rumors of kidnap for ransom gangs ready to pounce on delegates during the sports meet, not one has been harmed.
“They are all part of text hoaxes,” the director said.
The police chief said text messages created fears among delegates and residents before the sports meet, making security in the province an issue.
Azurin the kidnap rumors came with other whisperings of groups kidnapping children and selling their internal organs, as well as gangs using vans to snatch children, further creating panic among delegates and the general public.
Azurin said police augmented their police force and asked for the help of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams in the Valley.
The BPATS were in charge of foot patrol to ensure security and visibility to calm fears of delegates.
Benguet Province is host to more than 10,000 delegations of athletes and coaches and chaperons from Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Baguio City.
Last year, the province of Apayao hosted the regional sports meet for the first time and was lauded by the different visiting provinces and Baguio City for their ingenious management of the athletic meet.
The Benguet police chief said billeting areas of the delegates were being monitored as well as various staging areas of the sports events.
Each participating province also had to bring their respective security personnel to augment the Benguet police force.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 11, 2014.