Lenten break generally peaceful – PNP

EXCEPT for the twin explosion that hit Palawan early this week, this year’s traditional Holy Week observance throughout the country was generally peaceful, a ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Citing reports culled by the PNP National Operations Center (NOC) in Camp Crame, PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome said that the overall situation of the country was generally peaceful.

From Maundy Thursday up to Black Saturday, the PNP Chief said that the situation in popular destination spot during Lenten Break such as Boracay, Palawan, Puerto Galera, Baguio City and Palawan were normal.

Bartolome said the NOC has recorded only on six separate incidents of homicide, physical injuries, robbry and vehicular accidents in four regions resulting in two deaths and injuries to six other victims.

The PNP chief noted that Security measures particularly in places of convergence are in place even before the Lenten break sets in.

“Pro-active measures such as conduct of police visibility and patrol operations are being undertaken by field units to ensure tranquility and peaceful observance of the Lenten Season,” Bartolome said.

The PNP chief added that Oplan Summer Vacation 2012 will remain in effect until Monday April 9 when city residents are expected to return from the provinces to spend the Holy Week Holiday.

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