The Philippine National Police (PNP) expects a zero crime rate for the duration of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia being held in the country, citing its deployment of 6,000 men to provide security and ensure the safety of delegates to the gathering.
PNP spokesman and Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac on Wednesday said PNP chief Alan Purisima had designated Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, also PNP deputy chief for operations, to head the WEF National Task Force (NTF).
Espina will be assisted by PNP Director for Operations Ricardo Marquez.
Senior Supt Manuel Lukban, Makati City chief of police, was ordered to secure convergence points along activity areas in the Makati Central Business District.
The cities of Makati, Manila and Pasay are jointly hosting the forum.
The Makati City Police also put up police assistance desks strategically located near The Manila Peninsula Hotel.
A Crisis Response Group composed of crack troops is also in place to handle emergencies.
“The security of the delegates is of utmost importance, majority of our units stationed in Metro Manila are focused toward the World Economic Forum. We shall not let our guard down and ensure that other parts of Metro Manila are also safe,” Sindac said.