By Arwen Pascua
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos emphasized the need to field more police patrollers for night time police visibility and public safety operations that will be the norm in the coming days as we usher the Yuletide season with the traditional 9-day Misa de Gallo novena masses beginning of the 16th as well as the midnight masses on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, in addition to extended mall hours, and operation of night markets, and food parks during the holiday season.
“These will be crucial days that will challenge the resolve of the church, police, local governments, and health authorities in implementing minimum public health standards under Alert Level 2, without breaking tradition and spoiling the festive mood of the season,” he said as he reminded churchgoers of the 70% maximum church capacity, and the physical distancing protocol in public places under the current COVID-19 alert condition.
The Chief PNP clarified, “our people can expect more police personnel on foot and mobile patrol to establish police visibility as deterrent to crime. The public should not be alarmed when they see police mobile units with flashing blinkers to announce their presence,” adding that “it only means that your PNP is just around and ready to extend assistance when needed”. (mtvn)