PNP declares heightened alert status

April 28, 2010 7:41 pm 

MANILA, April 28 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday went on heightened alert status as part of its preparations for the upcoming May 10 synchronized national elections and also the May 1 Labor Day celebrations which is traditionally marked by rallies by various groups, particularly in Metro Manila.

”The upgrading of normal to heightened alert status is effective 8 a.m. today,” said PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina.

Espina said the heightened alert status is already enforced from Police Regional Office-1 to PRO-8, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) PRO, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), National Headquarters and the National Support Units (NSUs).

On the other hand, PROs 9 to 13, the PRO in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the elite Special Action Force (SAF) will remain on full alert status which has been enforced earlier following strings of atrocities, like kidnapping and bombings, in the areas under the jurisdictions of the said regional commands.

Espina said the PNP will declare a nationwide full alert status on May 5, or five days before the actual conduct of the May 10 presidential elections.

The Wednesday’s declaration of the heightened alert status in PROs 1 to 8 also coincided with the start of the local absentee voting throughout the country.

Espina also said the raising of the alert status was in preparations for the May 1 Labor Day celebration, which is traditionally marked by huge demonstrations by militant labor groups. (PNA)

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