CEN­TRAL LU­ZON COPS ON FULL ALERT FOR TRANS­PORT STRIKE, ASEAN MEET

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS - —TONETTE OREJAS AND FRINSTON LIM

CAMP OLIVAS, PAM­PANGA —More than 11,000 po­lice­men in Cen­tral Lu­zon have been placed on full alert start­ing noon on Fri­day to re­spond to a re­gion-wide trans­port strike on Mon­day and Tues­day and the 11th As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) De­fense Min­is­ters’ Meet­ing (ADMM) on Oct. 24 and 25 in Clark Freeport.

A full alert sta­tus re­quires all units to “strengthen tar­get hard­en­ing on all vi­tal in­stal­la­tions, eco­nomic key points as well as places of con­ver­gence,” said Chief Supt. Amador Cor­pus, re­gional po­lice di­rec­tor.

Readi­ness vs ter­ror

The po­lice have also been di­rected to “en­sure a high state of op­er­a­tional readi­ness to thwart any hos­tile ac­tion that may be launched by ter­ror groups,” he said.

Cor­pus said po­lice per­son­nel would also be de­ployed to ADMMv­enues start­ing Oct. 18.

Po­lice and mil­i­tary units in­volved in Task Group Clark con­cluded last week a two-day con- tin­gency plan­ning that tested se­cu­rity prepa­ra­tions, op­er­a­tional readi­ness and re­source ad­e­quacy for the ADMM.

No classes in Davao

The trans­port group Pis­ton an­nounced a strike on Oct. 16 and 17 to demon­strate against what it called a “jeep­ney phase­out” and the im­pend­ing “mo­nop­oly cor­po­ra­ti­za­tion of pub­lic trans­port.”

In Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte on Fri­day an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of classes in all lev­els in the city on Mon­day in re­sponse to the strike.

In a state­ment, Duterte said the city gov­ern­ment would de­ploy buses to ferry stranded com­muters.

While the lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­spected the right of jeep­ney driv­ers to go on strike, the mayor urged pro­test­ers to “prac­tice self-re­straint in their ac­tions.”

“Mean­while, we re­mind the pub­lic that crimes com­mit­ted dur­ing the strike will not be tol­er­ated,” Duterte said.

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