QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – As directed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the Philippine National Police (PNP) will intensify anti-crime operations at tourist sites across the country.
In a statement on Saturday, PNP Director of Operations Major General Valeriano de Leon stressed that all police chiefs and station commanders must comply with the order to ensure that local and foreign visitors be safe from crime.
“We understand the logic behind the order from our Commander-in-Chief, President Marcos, to guarantee the security of all areas of the country, especially tourist sites, as tourism plays an important role in the economic recovery plan of the new administration,” De Leon expressed.
De Leon noted that security measures at tourist destinations across the country should complement the previous directive to field commanders to regularly update crime mapping in their areas of responsibility.
“Crime mapping is critical because it gives our commanders an edge in preparing and implementing measures to prevent crime at a specific time and place,” De Leon said.
De Leon further explained that the enhanced security measures should be accompanied by increased intelligence gathering to identify criminals and threatening groups in various parts of the country.
“If executed correctly, we will at least be one step ahead of these criminal elements and [we’ll] to be able to offer our compatriots peace of mind in terms of public order,” added De Leon.
De Leon also reminded police commanders down to precinct level and municipal police stations to step up efforts to account for unmounted firearms in the country, noting that unmounted firearms are the main weapons used to commit crimes. (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)