3,000 cops to secure Cebu cemeteries-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE police force in Central Visayas will implement tight security in airports, seaports and bus terminals as people go back to their respective hometowns today for the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Over 3,000 personnel will be deployed in Cebu Province and in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.
Camp Crame has given clearance to 130 personnel of the Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) 7 to leave their assignment in Zamboanga City and return to Cebu.
Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO) deputy director for administration, told reporters said they are still on red alert; the gun ban is still in effect, while persons are not allowed to go inside cemeteries with liquor.
Security cameras will be installed in major cemeteries. There are at least 30 cemeteries in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
In Cebu City, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed in three major cemeteries: Calamba, Carreta and Queen City Memorial Gardens.
Public assistance desks will be placed in cemeteries and in public transport terminals, police said.
K9 units will be sent to the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City and South Bus Terminal in Cebu City.
City police directors said they will also deploy force multipliers like tanods, members of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPAT) to augment and intelligence operatives to monitor activity of criminal groups.
Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, Lapu-Lapu City police chief, said he will deploy tourist cops to secure beaches and tourists.
In the Cebu province, there are at least 2,000 police personnel who will be deployed in the towns.
“We will conduct operations against thieves inside the cemeteries,” said Cebu Provincial Police Director Noel Gillamac. “We will also look out for fake priests who would dupe people.”
Regional Intelligence Division (RID) Chief Paul Labra II said they have not yet received reports about arrival of criminal groups from other provinces in Cebu.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.