PNP intensifies crackdown on road eye sores to ensure smooth hosting of SEA Games

Published November 15, 2019, 2:44 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Martin Sadongdong 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Friday that it will intensify the implementation of the existing ban on the use of sirens, blinkers and unauthorized motorcycle escorts to ensure the smooth-sailing of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa (Police Regional Office 10 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa
(Police Regional Office 10 / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, PNP officer-in-charge, directed all unit commanders to ensure the strict enforcement of the provisions of Letter of Instruction (LOI) 34/10 which provides an action plan against counterflow and the use of “wang-wang (sirens)” and other banned motorcycle accessories, and Memorandum Circular No. 2017-049 which states the policies on the provision of police mobile and motorcycle security coverage.

In the first directive, Gamboa said only patrol vehicles and motorcycles, SOCO, SWAT and rescue vehicles, and ambulances of the PNP are allowed to use sirens, blinkers, and similar devices. He said exemptions are granted to fire trucks, ambulances, and other rescue and emergency vehicles.

Meanwhile, under the PNP Memo Circular No. 2017-049, PNP mobile and motorcycle security will be provided only to the President of the Philippines, Vice President of the Philippines, Senate President, Speaker of the House Representatives, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and other authorized government officials and foreign delegates during national events.

“We are imposing existing measures against the indiscriminate use of prohibited sirens, bells, horns, whistles, or similar gadgets that produce staggering sounds and as well as motorcycle security escorts when traversing highways and major thoroughfares for personal advantage and easy passage,” Gamboa said.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Debold Sinas, regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said about 8,000 cops will be deployed in Metro Manila to secure local and foreign players and guests.

Sinas said the send-off of troops will be held on November 21 while the official deployment be the following day.

The Metro Manila police will also be placed on heightened alert status on November 22, and full alert on November 25.

“As time goes by, the guests will start arriving on November 24 and 25 so we will place the entire force on full alert on the 25th up to December 14,” Sinas said.

Sinas said no security threat was monitored ao far but the NCRPO remains on alert for any eventuality.

The 30th SEA Games will commence on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan and will continue in different venues in Metro Manila, Clark, Pampanga, and Subic, Zambales.

Over 10,000 athletes from 11 countries will participate in 56 sporting events.

The SEA Games will close at the New Clark City in Tarlac on December 11.