Security for Asean meet beefed up

CEBU City Councilor Dave Tumulak is supportive of the plan to jam the cellular phone signals during the 31st Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit next week.

The signal shutdown will be done as tighter security will also be implemented by the police in Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-lapu where some of the Asean meetings will be held, and will continue after the Holy Week.

“As chairman of the public order and safety, the City will follow all the protocols when it comes to security that will be implemented by the police because they’re more knowledgeable in terms of intelligence and enforcement,” he said.

Although most of the meetings will be held in Bohol, Cebu City will host one meeting, which will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Since the venue is near the port, Tumulak said that more law enforcement officers, including the Maritime Police will secure the area.

Earlier, Police Regional Office 7 Director Noli Taliño said he may recommend for the shutting down of mobile phone signals, particularly in Bohol, during the Asean Summit next week.

Since the public will start the observance of the Holy Week on April 9, stricter watch in public areas, such as roads, terminal and ports will continue.

“We would like to request the public not to be alarmed if there are presence of PNP personnel and other law enforcement agencies in their areas,” said Tumulak.

Tumulak, who is also the deputy mayor for police matters, said he will tap the help of the barangays and the Parish Security Group in the security aspect.
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