PRAYING for a “trouble-free” 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and other
Related Meetings in Manila this week, National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said they also need the 100 percent support and vigilance of the public in
ensuring there will be no nasty situation during the international event.
Albayalde maintained that although they have prepared for everything for nearly a year, “we
must not forget to include in our preparedness and readiness our prayers and most importantly, the
A total of 33,000 policemen including the augmentation force from different police regional
offices in the country will be deployed to provide and maintain security and safety of the delegates,
routes, venue and billet during the summit.
Albayalde, also the commander of Task Group NCRPO, vowed a “zero incident” during the event as
he ordered all police personnel to be alert and vigilant 24/7, observe and maintain proper
coordination and immediately report to their commanders.
The official also encouraged the public to support and cooperate on this undertaking and most
importantly, to report immediately to the police any suspicious movement of people or the presence of
suspicious object and activities so that appropriate actions will be taken immediately by the police.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa has placed the
175,000-strong police force on full alert, it being the vanguard of all security preparations for the
Security forces are wary of possible attacks to be carried out by “lone wolfs” because they
are difficult to monitor as well as threats from the New People’s Army (NPA) as well as petty
He said they are fully prepared for the international event now being attended by top ASEAN
leaders and United States President Donald Trump and have not monitored any threat to disrupt the