February 25, 2018, 6:12 am
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Cops redeployed to malls, terminals

AFTER securing Asean dignitaries, cops will be redeployed to places of convergence in preparation for the coming Yuletide season.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said police personnel will be assigned in crowded places like shopping centers and transport terminals to serve as deterrent to crimes.

He said focus will be in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, Central Visayas, and Davao regions where petty crimes usually increase during the Yuletide season.

Carlos said the PNP will use their crime mapping system to determine which areas need to have more police presence.

He said intelligence agents will provide information on individuals with past criminal records so that ground units can strictly monitor their movements. Director Napoleon Taas, Asean Security Task Force commander, thanked the close to 60,000 personnel from 21 government agencies who provided security to the summit delegates and the public.

Taas said the departure of the Chinese premier around noon yesterday signaled that they “have successfully secured the country’s hosting of the 31st Summit and the 50th anniversary of Asean.”

“US President Trump described his experience as fantastic. The Singaporean Minister calls it a tough act to follow. PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) refers to all of us as his Fantastic Team. To the Greatest Security Team that I have had the privilege to lead, this is indeed a proud day for the nation,” Taas said.

“A day made possible by the nameless, selfless, and dedicated men and women of the ASTF 2017. To all of you, I will forever be indebted!! Mabuhay po kayong lahat,” he added.

Fifty policemen assigned with the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) unit of the PNP who were injured during a confrontation with protesters in Manila at the height of the 31st Asean Summit were awarded with the PNP Wounded Medal  in  Pasay City on Wednesday.

Interior department officer in charge Catalino Cuy, also the Asean Committee on Security, Peace and Order, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) chair, pinned the medals to the cops during the CSPOEPR Final Critiquing Session. Cuy was assisted by CSPOEPR Vice Chairman Cesar B. Yano and Asean Security Task Force (ASTF) commander Napoleon C. Taas.

Cuy said the policemen, who held the ranks of Police Officer 1, exercised maximum tolerance and strictly adhered to police protocols when they dealt with the protestors during the various rallies staged against US President Donald Trump in Manila.

The cops sustained injuries while preventing the protesters from breaching the police barricade as they attempted to get to the US Embassy. 
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