Central Command ready to help PNP in securing Pope Francis during Tacloban visit

December 1, 2014 9:21 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) — The Cebu City-based Central Command on Sunday announced that all its forces are ready to assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) in securing Pope Francis, who is expected to visit Tacloban, this coming January 2015.

The Pontiff's visit is expected to last four days. It will start on Jan. 15 and will end on the 19.

Pope Francis is expected to visit Tacloban on Jan. 16 and spend some six and a-half hours taking and interacting with survivors of Supertyphoon "Yolanda".

Lt. Cmdr. Jim Alagao, Central Command spokesperson, said that the Samar-based 8th Infantry Division will be helping the PNP to ensure that the Pontiff's visit remain incident free.

He added that they have sufficient forces at their disposal to protect Pope Francis against any threats, including New People's Army remnants in their area of jurisdiction.

Alagao also stressed that all their forces are always conducting security patrols to pre-empt security threats, adding that it is a practice of theirs to ensure peace and order in their area of operations. (PNA)

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