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PNP assures checkpoints won't affect Holy Week travelers

MANILA, March 31 -– The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured on Wednesday that the ongoing checkpoint operations nationwide will not hamper the expected influx of Metro Manila residents to their respective provinces to observe the Lenten season.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the checkpoint operations will ensure the safe travel of the people during the Holy Week.

At the same time, the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) personnel manning the checkpoints can immediately respond to any emergency that may erupt along the roads anywhere in the country, Espina said.

”We always see to it that our roads are safe and part of these checkpoint operations is our campaign against criminals who might take advantage of the situation,” he said. “We will not, in any way, make any unnecessary delay to the traffic.”

Already, traffic snarls have been reported in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, particularly along routes leading to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

Thousands of Metro Manila residents started trooping to the provinces on Wednesday, the last working day of the week

”Part of our functions is traffic management, so rest assured that we will be assisting motorists to ease the traffic. Our Oplan Lakbay Alalay is enforced so our troops are there to assist,” vowed Espina.

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Roberto Rosales ordered all police districts to intensify security and patrol operations along vital installations in the metropolis like bus terminals and ports.

He particularly called for high police visibility to prevent any attempt to disrupt the observance of Holy Week in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Rosales also ordered close monitoring of all close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed throughout the metropolis for immediate response to any eventuality. (PNA) scs/MM

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