Police: No untoward incidents on Holy Week

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Monday, April 9, 2012


MABALACAT -- The police chief here said there were no untoward incidents during the observance of the Holy Week.

Superintendent Rodney Raymond Louie J. Baloyo IV, town police chief, said the holidays were generally peaceful.

Baloyo said, however, that there were minor road mishaps where a number of persons sustained minor injuries.

The police official also revealed that two individuals were apprehended after they were caught selling shabu.

According to Baloyo, he already directed his men to assist motorists and commuters going back to places of origin.

“Pinapabantay ulit natin ang mga daan para maalalayan ang mga tao na karamihan ay pabalik na sa Metro Manila at iba pang mga lugar sa Cetral Luzon,” Baloyo said.

Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome said tourist destinations such as Boracay, Puerto Galera and Baguio City were peaceful through Saturday.

Bartolome said security measures, particularly in places of convergence, were in place, adding that field units were conducting pro-active measures such as police visibility and patrol operations.

Oplan Summer Vacation 2012 will remain in effect until this week, when many Filipinos are expected to leave their provinces in time for the resumption of work.

Meanwhile, City Police Director Rodolfo Recomono confirmed that no untoward incident happened during the Holy Week even in Barangay Lourdes Northwest where the annual crucifixion rites was held last Good Friday.

Recomono said with the cooperation of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Angeles City Traffic Enforcement Group, City Government and other volunteer groups, the observance of the Lenten season was peaceful in this city.

Earlier, the city police office with the directive of the Central Luzon police office launched their Oplan Sumvac campaign in five strategic areas in Barangays Balibago, Pampang, Pulung Maragul, San Jose, Don Bonifacio for public safety.

The regional police office launched the Oplan Sumvac 2012 campaign for the entire summer.

With this, Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao has directed all city and provincial directors to conduct 24/7 patrolling on foot, on motorcycles and on mobile patrol vehicles aside from the establishment of police assistance centers in bus and jeepney terminals, which began a few days after the closing of the school year.

He also said troop deployment and police visibility will be maximized especially in the streets and in places people frequent to ensure public safety.

Motorists assistance points were also established along major thoroughfares to help motorists who are travelling and heading towards their different provinces.

Likewise, barangay peacekeeping action teams/village watchmen are also deputized by the PNP to assist in the Oplan SumVac’s implementation.

Oplan SumVac will remain in effect from the Holy Week until the Flores de Mayo season in May and the opening of the next school year in June.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 10, 2012.

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