Friday, October 8, 2010

PNP tightens security measures in Metro Manila for barangay polls

Manila (5 October) -- With just a few days before the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is tightening its security measures to maintain the peace and order situation in Metro Manila.

PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said the police force has intensified its police work which resulted to the lowering of crime rate in the metro. In relation to this, Bacalzo reiterated his directive to all regional, provincials, district, and station commanders to prioritize the effort against street crimes.

As reported, the PNP has arrested more than 70 gun ban violators since its implementation on September 25. Confiscated were short and high-powered firearms, airguns, bladed weapons and grenades thru its 1,284 checkpoints, manned by 9,598 police personnel, nationwide.

This is in connection with the Commission on Election (COMELEC)'s Resolution 9019 which orders the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to enforce a nationwide gun ban from September 25 to November 10, 2010.

After the local elections, General Bacalso also said the 130,000 strong policemen nationwide will continue to perform duties in preparation for the All Saint's Day, All Soul's Day and Christmas season. The general also warned the entire police force against ?soliciting' during yuletide. (source:

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