THE Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed to tighten security measures in the first day hearing of the multiple murder trial of the primary suspect of the Maguindanao massacre in Camp Crame on Tuesday, official said Monday.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said in a television interview,

"we are very much ready in terms of security" for the first day of Andal Ampatuan Jr.'s trial. Amapatuan Jr. is accused of masterminding the massacre that left 57 dead in Maguindanao.

More than 400 cops will be deployed on Tuesday to augment the security forces in Camp Crame, Espina said.

Espina added that only the respondents, lawyers and counsels, families and selected media personalities will only be allowed to attend the hearing.

At 2:00 p.m. Monday, Espina will meet with the other security and court officials to wrap up preparations for Tuesday's trial. (Sunnex)