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41,000 gov’t personnel tapped for ASEAN meet

Around 41,000 personnel from 21 government agencies will be deployed to ensure safety during the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit next week, the National Capital Region Police Office reported yesterday.

NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde, in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan, said everything is now in place and a send off ceremony will be held for personnel from the concerned government agencies today.

“Handang handa na po ang lahat. And of course, tomorrow ‘yung atin pong send-off na ng ating mga troops coming from all the 21 agencies ng ating gobyerno,” Albayalde said.

“Starting Monday po, ‘yun po ‘yung ating full deployment na kung saan more or less gagamit po tayo ng mga 41,000 na personnel,” he added.

According to Albayalde, included in the 41,000 government personnel will be uniformed policemen from the NCRPO with augmentation from different regions, “particularly from Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 5, and most probably Cebu.”

These personnel will particularly look out for the safety and security of the public and the ASEAN delegates and watch out for protest rallies.

At present, Albayalde said the NCRPO has not monitored any threats to the summit.

“Wala po tayong nakukuhang any report of any imminent danger particular dito sa sinasabi nilang terror attack,” he said.

“Patuloy po ang ating pagmomonitor ng iba’t-ibang groups, particularly ‘yung mga threat groups na manggagaling sa Maynila at Mindanao area,” Albayalde assured. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)