More police personnel to be sent to quarantine areas
MANILA – Additional mobile patrol units will be fielded by the Philippine National Police to thwart possible criminal incidents and enhance police visibility within commercial centers, vital establishments and residential communities.
In a statement released tonight, Brig. General Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman said Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa, Director General, called for more police presence to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the ongoing national emergency situation.
He added although they have not received validated reports of criminal incidents in the National Capital Region and nearby regions, the PNP hierarchy has already alerted their field units to take preemptive action.
Crime incidents decreased over the past five days since the enhance community quarantine was declared.
Local police units have been instructed to coordinate with security managers of commercial centers and vital facilities and leaders and barangay authorities of residential communities to establish neighborhood watch systems to alert police authorities and residents of possible security situations.
The PNP also appealed to the general public to refrain from sharing unvalidated social media reports of alleged incidents that would add to public apprehension and fear.
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group has been tasked to trace the authors behind the circulation of fake news in social media of alleged burglary and robbery in McKinley Hill Taguig City and Binondo, Manila and the alleged public unrest in San Andres, Manila which were all found to be untrue.
General Banac said the police and the military are on top of the situation and are prepared to respond to calls for assistance from the public. They may call the Task Force CV Chielf Command Center at the PNP General Headquarters through Globe 09173125626, Smart 09988940013, landline 87253176 and via email at PNP2019CoVARRopns@gmail.com (Melo M. Acuña)
PNP Chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa (PNP Website Photo)