MANILA, Philippines – Amid the spate of crimes in Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it is planning the installation of more police checkpoints in key areas.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said he will order the setting up of more checkpoints in Metro Manila and in various provinces especially at daytime.
"Simula January 13 hanggang January 29, mayroon na tayong 31,000 checkpoints na nagawa. Pero ito po ay dadagdagan natin. Sa Metro Manila, kapag nag-checkpoint tayo sa araw, asahan po natin na magkakaroon ng kaunting pagbagal ng trapik," Purisima told radio dzMM.
A meeting among concerned agencies was also scheduled today to discuss the growing criminality problem in the country.
Last Saturday, armed men robbed a jewelry shop inside SM Megamall, prompting concerns about the safety of the public.
Another robbery incident occurred Tuesday in Parañaque, where armed men took off with at least P60,000 from a branch of Western Union.
Luckily, no one was reported hurt in both incidents.
Meanwhile, the PNP said the number of gun ban violators has climbed to 323.
The PNP's national operations center in Camp Crame said from the 323 arrested, 285 are civilians.
A total of 23 security guards, 6 government officials, 6 police officers and a militiaman were also arrested for illegally carrying guns.
Police have also confiscated 282 firearms, 18 grenades and explosive devices, and 1,256 bullets since the election gun ban was implemented on January 13.