PNP on full alert for All Saints’ Day exodus-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE police unit assigned at the Araneta Center bus terminal has been placed on full alert to ensure the safety of at least 6,000 passengers who will travel to the different provinces for the barangay elections and the All Saints' commemoration next week.
Senior Inspector Mario Manipon, Station 7 chief of the Quezon City Police District, said 20 police personnel with two bomb-sniffing dogs and two roving patrols have been deployed to coordinate with the 50 security guards assigned at the bus terminal.
"Nagtutulungan ang mga pulis natin at ‘yung mga tauhan nang Araneta Terminal para mapanatili ang seguridad nang mga pasahero na dadagsa dito para umuwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya," Manipon said.
Most of the passengers in the terminal were going to their provinces for the election on Monday and for the "Undas."
Malacanang has earlier declared October 28 (Election Day) and November 1 and 2 (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day) as non-working holidays.
Aida Pedamato, a passenger going to Bicol, said, "Parang long vacation na din. Uuwi kami para bumoto tapos deretso na sa Undas. Next week na ang balik."
As of Friday, the estimated number passengers at the Araneta Center bus terminal were at 1,200 and the Philippine National Police is expecting 5,000-6,000 passengers Friday night until November 1.
Manipon urged passengers to come to the terminal early.
"Pumunta na sila ng maaga, lalo yung mga wala pang ticket para makakuha pa sila ng biyahe. Mahirap ‘yung nakikipag git-gitan pa sila. Kontian lang din nila yung dala nila para hindi mahirap," he said.
The heightened alert will stay until November 4 to ensure the security of the passengers coming back in Metro Manila. (Sunnex)