PNP requests NTC to shut down cell sites in Manila on Monday
PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa does not want just a simple cellphone signal jamming on Monday for the procession of Black Nazarene (Traslacion), but instead a total shutdown of mobile signals in Manila "for additional security measure."
He said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to release their decision on Sunday regarding their request to order the telecommunications company to totally shut down their cell sites in Manila area for Monday's religious gathering.
"Ngayon natin malalaman at ito'y pinadaan namin sa NTC. Nire-request namin na hindi lang i-jam kung hindi i-shutdown talaga yung signal diyan sa area na yan para makasiguro tayo," Dela Rosa said.
He said if the request will be granted, the shut down will be effective from Monday morning until midnight.
Earlier, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said signal jammers will be provided during the Traslacion to assure the safety of the public, as cellphones can be used as an explosive det onat or.
Authorities estimate the at least 1.5 million devotees will be joining the annual procession.
Dela Rosa maintained that they have not monitored any direct and clear threat against the event.
The PNP chief meanwhile reminded firearms holders who are planning to enter Manila area on Monday that there is a suspension of permit to carry firearms as part of their security measures.
"Sinuspinde natin yung permit to carry firearms outside of residence sa area ng buong Manila area so bawal magdala ng armas kahit sino man. Ang puwede lang magdala diyan ‘yung mga unipormado lang na pulis at military," he said.
(Sunnex/ Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo)
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