NPDO beefs up security patrols in Navotas schools following hostage incident

February 5, 2012 11:41 am 

MANILA, Feb. 5 — Northern Police District Office (NPDO) commander Chief Supt. Antonio Decano has ordered all police station chiefs in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela to include public schools in their security patrols in the wake of the five-hour hostage drama that occurred at the Navotas Polytechnic College on Feb. 1.

Decano also instructed police community precinct commanders to coordinate with barangay “force multipliers” for improved visibility.

As this developed, Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco has ordered public school principals to implement a "No ID, No Entry" policy to prevent a repeat of the incident.

Aside from this, the mayor also added that persons entering public schools should be frisked and searched before being allowed entry.

Last Feb. 1, classes at the Navotas Polytechnic College in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South were suspended after Esmeraldo Yarcia III, a former student, held at knifepoint a certain Amy Perez inside the administration office on the building’s second floor.

Yarcia later surrendered to local authorities.

Although Perez decided not to file charges, the local police filed a case of grave threats, serious illegal detention, and alarm and scandal against Yarcia at the city prosecutor’s office on Feb. 2. (PNA)

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