PNP says Miss Universe event generally peaceful

Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2017 01:06 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police on Monday said the Miss Universe event was generally peaceful, with no untoward incident recorded. 

National Capital Region Police Office and Task Force Miss Universe chief, Police Director Oscar Albayalde said the long and careful security planning ahead of the major event proved more than adequate, as they were able to successfully secure the candidates and all the venues.

Before the coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City Monday morning (Manila time), the Miss Universe candidates visited destinations in Vigan, Batangas, Baguio, Intramuros, Boracay, Cebu, and Davao.

Albayalde estimated more than 15,000 people were at the Mall of Asia to witness the coronation night.

In total, the PNP deployed more than 1,600 policemen to secure the event, supported by almost 300 soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection, and medical personnel.

Almost half that number were deployed around the Mall of Asia Arena, including non-uniformed personnel and emergency action teams.

Albayalde said the PNP will continue to secure Miss Universe delegates until they leave the country in the coming days.

The PNP enforced checkpoints, a no-fly zone, and a gun ban covering the cities of Pasay and Parańaque until midnight Monday.