33,000 cops to be deployed for Undas 2018


Posted at Oct 31 2018 12:58 PM

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde inspects police deployment at the Manila North Cemetery on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Some 33,000 policemen will be deployed across the country to ensure public order as Filipinos flock to cemeteries in observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Days.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will go on full alert starting Wednesday night until Saturday, Nov. 3.

Six hundred other policemen meanwhile would be on standby to augment security forces in Metro Manila, Chief Supt. Johnson Almazan, ground commander of the PNP Reserved Standby Security Force, said Wednesday.

The PNP expects around 14.6 million Filipinos to visit their departed ones in cemeteries across the country.

Earlier this week, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the police force has not monitored any security threat for All Saints' and All Souls' Days.

All Saints' and All Souls' Days have been declared as special non-working days by Malacañang.

-report from Jeff Canoy and Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News