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PNP demands role in events

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is demanding for its hands-on involvement in the security planning of all major concerts in the country, including that of Ariana Grande in August this year, following the concert blast in the United Kingdom that killed at least 19 people.

Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP spokesman, said the move is to ensure a maximum implementation of security measures to prevent any untoward incident, which include bomb attacks.

“Organizers of these events, including the organizers of the Ariana Grande concert in August, must involve the local PNP unit so that appropriate security arrangements and assistance can be extended to ensure the safety of the concertgoers,” said Carlos.

At least 19 people died while more than 50 others were wounded in a terror attack in Manchester Arena during the concert of Ariana Grande.

The popular American performer is scheduled to hold a concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 21.

Carlos explained that it is necessary that the police be involved in security planning due to the PNP’s experience in handling big international events like the visit of Pope Francis. (Aaron Recuenco)