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Metro Manila police stays on highest alert

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By Aaron Recuenco

Metro Manila police forces will remain on highest security alert status despite the ending of the election period today.

As part of security measures for the elections, National Capital Region Police Officer Chief Camilo Cascolan checks a vehicle at a police checkpoint in Pasay City before dawn Monday. (Jun Ryan Arañas)

As part of security measures for the elections, National Capital Region Police Officer Chief Camilo Cascolan checks a vehicle at a police checkpoint in Pasay City. (Jun Ryan Arañas/Manila Bulletin file photo)

Director Camilo Cascolan, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said his decision to retain the full alert status is for police commanders to shift focus on anti-criminality drive.

“We have so much to look into with our security measures as we commit to maintain peace and order in our region. As we conclude the election period, we are also welcoming different challenges and commitments in policing,” said Cascolan.

“We will continue to strengthen the implementation of internal cleansing; security measures including target hardening, border control, social investigation, community partnership and deployment of resources; information operations; red teaming operations; contingency planning; simulation exercise; offensive stance; and feedback mechanism,” he added.

Part of the focus, he said, is on the campaign against illegal drugs and crime-solution.

The NCRPO, it was recalled, hoisted full alert status in order to maximize the security for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 10.

Right now, Cascolan said they are also preparing for the security and assistance as the Department of Education prepares for the resumption of classes early next month.

“We are now coordinating with the officials from the academe to ensure the safety of the students and school premises during the opening of classes,” said Cascolan.

The NCRPO is expected to send police contingents to help in cleaning and fixing facilities in public schools in Metro Manila.

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