THE Philippine National Police yesterday described as generally peaceful the opening of the 30th SEA Games on Saturday evening and lauded the full support and cooperation they got from the Filipino public in ensuring the success of the Games.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa commended the PNP Security Task Force under its Senior Supervisor PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan and Task Force Commander Brigadier Gen. Rey Lyndon B. Lawas for effectively implementing the opening day security plans and recording no significant disturbances.
“Tight PNP security remains in full force in cooperation with PHISGOC even as we continue to express our full support to all Filipino athletes. We urge the public to maintain excellent display of unity, discipline and order,” he said.
An estimated 39,000 people attended the opening ceremonies in Bulacan.
“The PNP remains alert and vigilant to prevent occurrence of crimes, will implement security contingency plan in case typhoon Tisoy will affect the scheduled games and assist local DRRMCs to implement preventive evacuations should the need arises,” said PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac.
The PNP has tightened security at the SEA Games venues to ensure ‘zero incident’ during the major sporting event in Southeast Asia which will end on December 14.
In Camp Crame, a 500-strong PNP Reactionary Standby Support Force was officially activated with its men on standby for deployment to any areas in case of emergency and other contingencies.