AMID threats from rebels and terrorists, the third meeting for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Cebu City will push through, with 4,600 security personnel deployed today.
A send-off ceremony was held on the grounds of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Barangay Apas composed of 23 partner agencies for the Task Group Cebu.
“We have a gradual deployment for our security in the peace and order of Cebu. I am very confident with our objective to have a zero Asian-related incident after our preparation, security plan measures and counter-measures for the third time here in Central Visayas,” Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli Taliño said. A contingent will also provide security to tours made by the 300 foreign and local delegates and their families.
The Radisson Blu Hotel and other hotels where the meetings will take place and where the delegates will stay be heavily guarded.
“We’ll provide full security unlike before. And this time, regardless if there are only one or ten delegates in a hotel,” Taliño said.
He urged the public to be vigilant especially after the unvalidated report of petroleum lorries used by criminal elements to transport explosive devices.
“What’s really important here is the vigilance and alertness of the public. They should immediately report to the police if they sense or see something suspicious,” Taliño said.
Meanwhile, Taliño said there were sightings of New People’s Army (NPA) in Cebu and Bohol. But he assured that police stations are ready for any situation.
“Although the information is not yet positive, we are on high alert,” he said. (JOB)