‘No selfies’ please, cops, soldiers told

TO POLICE officers and soldiers guarding the Miss Universe beauties, sorry, no “selfies” allowed.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held in Camp Quintin Merecido, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, regional director of PRO- XI, said the directive is issued to make sure that those guarding the events would take their tasks seriously.

“This is in order not to distract the security personnel on their post,” Gaerlan said, adding that violators will face disciplinary action.

He also said that traffic management would be a major focus of the authorities. Joint Task Force Haribon chief, Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, was named the deputy of the ASEAN  Security Task Force under the committee of security, peace and order and emergency preparedness and response of the ASEAN Organizing Council.

“We have identified actually the causes of traffic like obstruction, those unfinished projects and diggings of the utility companies,” he said, adding that they already coordinated with the stakeholders to ensure the smooth flow of traffic on the event.

Benito De Leon, chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC), said they will provide safety and security measures in the summit in support of the ASEAN 2017 launch and the Miss Universe contestants’ visit.

“As of now, because of the ASEAN and Miss Universe’s visit, we have repositioned certain cameras to ensure that the sights are well covered and we have temporarily transferred it (POV) from least priorities areas,” De Leon said.

For their part, Gapay said they are working closely with the Philippine National Police to ensure the safety not just of the delegates and tourists, but also the residents as well.

“I cannot divulge the numbers but we will be also deploying our personnel, particularly the Task Force Davao, in those areas where the activities will be held,” Gapay said.

Under the committee on security is the ASEAN operations task force, headed by director Napoleon Tahas; the chairman on security committee is Undersecretary Catalino Cuy of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

The committee is composed of 21 government agencies including AFP, PNP, Department of National Defense, Presidential Security Group and Office of the Civil Defense.

More than 4,000 PNP personnel will be deployed, along with emergency services personnel and Bureau of Fire Protection XI, on the two events.

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