AFP deploys 700 soldiers to intensify police security during Lenten week

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to deploy around 700 soldiers to be assigned in different places in Metro Manila to intensify police security in public places during the Holy Week.

According to Joint Task Force-National Capital Region Commander General Alan Arrojado, there will also be an additional 100 military reservists assigned to join in guarding transport hubs, malls, and other crowded public areas and establishments.

“There will be forces that will be deployed in Quiapo Church, bus terminals, South and North harbors, airports and stations of mass transport systems in Metro Manilla,” Arrojado said.

Arrojado also said that there aren’t any threats detected for the Lenten break.

“No threats were detected but we remain alert,” Arrojado noted.

The military deployment will augment thousands of policemen who are in charge for security of various areas in Metro Manilain lune with the regular security measure implemented every Holy Week.

Meanhwile, Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said all police forces in the country have been instructed to be in highest security alert status.

“This means that all our policemen will be on duty while our countrymen are on vacation. We are also encouraging force multipliers like barangay police to help us,” said dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa also shared that assistance desks for commuters will also be available for those going to their provinces for the Lenten break.