ASEAN Security Task Force gives perfect score for security

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2017 06:21 PM

MANILA - The ASEAN Security Task Force gave a perfect grade of 10 for its security assessment on the first day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. 

The task force said this was because all heads of state arrived safely at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila over the weekend. 

Reading a statement from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, the ASEAN security chair, ASEAN Security Task Force Operations Officer Chief Supt. Noel Baraceros said all world leaders arrived in the country without any untoward incident. 

“We are doing well. Nakita niyo naman walang disruption sa activities ng ating mga leaders. Everything. For example, mayroon tayong leader nagpunta sa IRRI (International Rice Research Institute in Laguna) kasi gusto nilang i-visit. Even 'yung pagbalik nila dito, 'yung mga tours, wala namang na-cancel. Everything is fine, even the traffic. I think everything is doing fine. It is 10 on [a scale] of 1 to 10,” Baraceros said.

As ASEAN events continued, Baraceros called on PNP personnel to avoid using their cellphones while on duty and not to let their guards down. 

“While we successfully secured their arrival and billeting, I call on all troopers especially those on the ground to not let their guards down and be alert for any eventualities," he said. 

"All security personnel on duty for the ASEAN are not allowed to use their cellphones or any gadget during their tour of duty unless it is an emergency. We want [you] to focus on your job and not to compromise the safety of our guests. I also expect you to be always present on your post, to be snappy and courteous at all times,” Baraceros said. 

The DILG and the Philippine National Police thanked the public for their cooperation and understanding after roads were locked down for the ASEAN summit. 

“To our public, we thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement road lockdowns and traffic management schemes as we conduct ASEAN activities,” Baraceros said. 

The PNP reminded protesters to conduct peaceful demonstrations. They also called on tourists not to join protests. 

“We, however, remind our foreign tourists not to take part in any protest actions as this could serve as a ground for immediate deportation. While we are hospitable hosts, we expect you to abide by our laws and rules, and one of them is not to participate in rallies,” Baraceros said.