With about a week left before Christmas, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has given the public his utmost assurance that they can count on the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the "safest Christmas" thus far, thanks to their intensified anti-crime campaign.
"This will be our gift to the Filipino public: the safest Christmas season that we've all been working for," said Roxas to the leaders of more than 150,000 PNP personnel stationed in different parts of the country.
Roxas has previously confirmed a downward trend in criminality in NCR mainly due to the deliberate, programmatic and sustained approach that the PNP has taken under OPLAN Lambat-Sibat. He has also...
In anticipation of the holiday season's rush, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has assured the public that the 150,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) is prepared to maintain peace and order in the streets.
Roxas has already coordinated with the PNP OIC PCSupt. Leonardo Espina, to ensure that high crime areas of convergence, especially malls in Metro Manila, will be under the close watch of authorities.
"We saturate these areas with police personnel because criminals cluster around commercial areas," said Roxas.
Roxas has previously confirmed a downward trend in criminality in NCR mainly due to the deliberate, programmatic and sustained approach that the PNP...
During his weekly briefing on Friday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to take the lead in creating a protocol for police response in times of disasters.
"In times of disaster, police presence also means government presence. A protocol in times of disaster can help ensure this," Roxas told General Danilo Constantino, Director for Police Community Relations of the PNP.
During the meeting, Gen. Constantino reported that the PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) was deployed in Eastern Samar while other units were put on standby for immediate response in the aftermath of typhoon Ruby.
In response to the ambush of Iligan City Rep. Vicente Belmonte Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas ordered the units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident to immediately catch the perpetrators of the crime.
"The congressman was hit under broad daylight and the van was set aflame. Hindi basta-basta ang mga gumawa nito, (These men are no ragtag group.)," said Roxas during his weekly briefing with high-ranking officials of the PNP on Friday morning.
According to the reports, Rep. Belmonte and his convoy were travelling to Iligan City from Laguindingan Airport when a group of unidentified men blocked his convoy and...