The traditional observance of this year’s Holy week has been generally peaceful, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
Except for the blast that occurred at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Black Saturday, “the observance of Holy Week is generally peaceful,” PNP spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac said in a news article published by the Philippine News Agency.
Banac attributed the peaceful observance of Holy Week to the strict implementation of the “Oplan Ligtas Sumvac 2019”, the nationwide-coordinated police operations that aim to provide security during the Lenten season and summer vacation.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde earlier said the PNP has deployed 91,000 cops nationwide “for route security target hardening, and security operations in places of convergence and transportation hubs”.
“Deployment of personnel will focus now on terminals as activities and movement of the traveling public will be more in these areas,” Banac said.
Banac reiterated his appeal to travelers, including those using their own vehicles, to take extra precaution by observing traffic rules and speed limits to prevent vehicular accidents.
Banac also advised commuters to avoid wearing expensive jewelry and to look after their belongings and constantly check them.
DCPO director Col. Alexander Tagum said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
Col. Tagum urged the public not to speculate on the cause of the incident. “We can’t speculate on what was exploded because presently, a post-blast investigation is being conducted by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team led by Maj. Garcia of Police Regional Office (PRO) 11,” Tagum said.