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PIA Press Release
2006/10/17

Police: Security of foreign delegates to Asean Summit in place

Cebu City (17 October) -- Task Force Cebu for the 12th Asean Summit on security preparations C/Supt. Silverio Alarcio Jr. said measures are in place to ensure the safety of the visiting foreign delegates to the international event.

Alarcio in an interview said the police still maintains the three-tiered defense system in the battle against terrorism namely intelligence strengthening, target hardening and crisis management.

Together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the police are implementing the continuing warfare against insurgency which has gotten the support of the community, according to Alarcio.

The good participation of the community has led to the arrest of two extortionists allied with the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army in September who demanded for "revolutionary taxes" from a cement firm, according to Alarcio.

Gov. Gwen Garcia has come up with the Cebu Insurgency Task Force declaring an all out war against insurgency and the program has been an effective formula to deter communists to strike their operations in the province, Alarcio continued.

Tourism Usec. Phineas Alburo on the other hand, said there is a need to minimize the risks of terrorism as according to the World Tourism Organization, tourists will go to any country that have less vulnerability to terrorism attacks.

Alburo however, claimed Cebu still has a favorable peace and order climate compared to the other provinces. The only grave problem facing the police is the petty crimes like hold-ups and snatching but these could happen anywhere else in the world, Alburo said.

"If you wear jewelry going to Colon where snatching or hold-ups are highly likely, then chances are you will be victimized. Such situation also holds true in other parts of the globe as you are giving the criminal the opportunity to commit a crime," Alburo noted. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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