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Sunday, December 28, 2014

25,000 Police to Secure Pope Francis

The Philippine National Police (PNP) assign 25,000 men to secure Pope Francis when he visits the country next month, a top police official said.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said most of the personnel will be involved in securing the vicinity where the Pontiff is scheduled to go.
Aside from the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, the Pope is also set to go to the University of Santo Tomas and is also set to go to Palo, Leyte.
“The other personnel will be assigned of other duties,” said Mayor.
The Pope will be in the country on January 15 to 19, 2015, largely to visit victims of  Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) last month. The weather disturbance killed at least 8,000 people.
Top police officials have been preparing coordinating with the security unit of Vatican City to ensure the safety of the Pope.
Several groups have been tagged as potential threats to the Pope, including the New People’s Army. But the communist rebels denied the allegation and even assured that they will not be a problem.
Mayor said part of the security preparations is the possible breach in security protocol, which the Pope is known for.
He said the PNP has been coordinating with the Presidential Security Group and close-in security of the Pope to secure the Roman Pontiff.
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