MANILA – The entire government force is all set for the conduct of activities relative to the ASEAN Summit to be held from Wednesday to Saturday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
The 30th ASEAN Summit is first of the two leader-level meetings to be led by the Philippines. The second one will be held in November.
A sendoff ceremony was held yesterday at the Quirino Grand Stand for police officers, soldiers and emergency teams to be deployed to maintain security and give aid to the ASEAN delegates and the public.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) acting Secretary Catalino Cuy said that there are about 40,000 security personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippine, Philippine National Police and various government agencies will be designated for the ASEAN Summit.
“What you see here now personnel and the resources and the vehicle this is just a portion of the total 40,000 personnel. It’s already impressive. And we are sending a strong message not only to the Filipino people but also to the ASEAN, to our neighbors even to the world that we are ready for the challenge ahead,” Sec. Cuy said.
The PNP Chief urges police officers to give all their best in their jobs.
PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said, he will shave the heads of the of security team leaders bald should any untoward incident occur at the ASEAN Summit.
“Kalbo di ba? Kalbo. What is the numerical representation ng kalbo — zero; walang buhok. Zero, kaya dapat tayo dito sa ASEAN summit zero incident. Klaro ha. Usapan natin pag may mangyari dito sa ASEAN Summit after ng summit lahat kayo magpapakalbo. Papakalbo ko kayong lahat pag may mangyari kaya kailangan talagang tutok kayo,” PNP Chief dela Rosa said.
(Bald. What is the numerical representation of a bald head — Zero. So during the ASEAN Summit, there must be zero incident. That is our agreement. If there is an incident at the ASEAN Summit, after the summit, you will shave your head bald. That id why you should all focus.)
Ambassador Marciano Paynor, the Director-General for Operations of the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council assures that although the entire security personnel will not be seen, their presence can be felt.
“But here, the first principle is we should be felt. That gives feeling of confidence as well as to everyone, both our guests as well as guests who are not aware of what we do,” Amb. Paynor said.— Mirasol Abogadil | UNTV News & Rescue
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