242 Negros Occidental cops to help secure Papal visit in Tacloban

January 8, 2015 1:28 am 

BACOLOD CITY, Jan 7 — The Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) is deploying 242 policemen to Tacloban City to augment security during the visit of Pope Francis on Jan. 17.

Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of NOPPO, said that several of the 242 policemen volunteered for deployment as they believe that being part of the Pope's security would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Earlier, Supt. Noel Polines, chief of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Operation Branch, said BCPO would also send 123 uniformed personnel to Tacloban City.

He said every police station under BCPO was required to send five personnel. Ten personnel will come from BCPO headquarters and 63, from Bacolod City Public Safety Company.

Polines said they received a directive from Police Regional Office-6 stating that BCPO and NOPPO were required to send security contingents for the visit of Pope Francis.

The Pope will fly to Tacloban via Philippine Airlines on Jan. 17, leaving Manila at 8:15 a.m., returning at 5 p.m.

PAL has been tagged official Papal carrier of Pope Francis' first pastoral visit to the Philippines, after past experience of flying now Saint John Paul II in 1981 and 1995.(PNA)

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