Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cops disguised as waiters, media to secure Davao City for ASEAN events

Police disguised as waiters or media representatives could be among some 3,000 members of an inter-agency task group securing the launching of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations 2017 summit in Davao City.

Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, Police Regional Office 11 head, said the task force includes members from 21 government agencies, Davao Today reported.

He said the task force includes members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, and the Departments of Health and Interior and Local Government.

“We guarantee their security. We encourage them to visit Davao. We must not be cowed by terrorist threats because if we do, then the terrorists win,” Gaerlan said.

The ASEAN launching is scheduled Jan. 15 at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang.

Starting Jan. 10, 1,446 police and military personnel were to be deployed at key locations in Davao City for familiarization and pre-deployment.

Non-uniform covert personnel will also be deployed, including those acting as waiters and media personalities, Gaerlan added.

More than 1,000 guests are expected for the ASEAN summit.

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