Issue of November 12, 2017
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300 Cordillera cops beef up ASEAN Summit security force
by Ofelia C. Empian

ASEAN SECURITY FORCE -- Three hundred nine members of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera were deployed to Manila to beef up the police force that will secure the safety and protection of heads of states and other dignitaries from 10-member countries participating in the 31st ASEAN Summit in the country, which hosts the international economic and cooperation event. -- Ofelia Empian

Three hundred nine officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera were deployed last week to Manila to serve as additional security forces for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit from Nov. 10 to 14.

C/Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona, PRO-Cordillera director, led the send-off ceremony that started with a Holy mass. The troop is composed of three companies with 103 policemen each.

“The first directive for us is to provide more than 1,000 personnel but I requested the chief PNP that it would be lowered to 309 because I also have to ensure our security in the region and so that the law enforcement here will not be disrupted,” Sarona said.

He said the deployed personnel were taken from the regional police headquarters, mostly from the Regional Public Safety Battalion, and not from the police stations to prevent depletion of forces in the local stations.

They have joined the other 60,000 personnel from 21 government agencies that include the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deployed in Manila and in Clark, Pampanga.

Sarona reminded the troop to follow orders from their commanding officers, as all movements should be covered by orders from an authorized officer.

He also reminded them to properly conduct themselves when in public and to practice maximum tolerance when it comes to rowdy crowds.

In cases of commotion between the police and rallyists or the crowd, Sarona said they have their own team documenting the peace and security personnel during the whole summit.

We have protocols in every procedure. There are videographers so that hindi tayo mababaliktad. In most cases, napro-provoke ang kapulisan natin at umiinit ang ulo. Sometimes the  aggression comes from the other side. Everything is documented para maipakita natin kung ano talaga ang nangyari,” he said.

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