POLICE GENERAL ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA
Chief, Philippine National Police
March 19, 2020
The PNP will deploy more mobile patrol units for anti-criminality and police visibility operations in the vicinity of commercial centers, vital establishments and residential communities to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of the ongoing national emergency situation.
Although we have not received validated reports of crime incidents in NCR and surrounding areas, we are nonetheless alerting our field units to take preemptive action.
The reality is that over the past five days since community quarantine was enforced in Metro Manila and recently enhanced over the rest of Luzon, crime incidents have significantly decreased.
Local police units are instructed to coordinate closely with security managers of commercial centers and vital facilities, and leaders and barangay authorities of residential communities to establish neighbourhood watch systems that will alert police and residents of possible security situations.
At the same time, we appeal to our people to refrain from sharing unvalidated social media reports of alleged incidents that only add to public apprehensions and fear.
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is now tracing the authors behind the circulation of fake news in social media of a purported burglary and robbery in McKinley Hill, Taguig City and Binondo, Manila; and of alleged public unrest in San Andres, Manila all of which were both found to be hoax reports.
Our laws provide stiff penalties for persons who will propagate false reports, especially if committed during a period of national emergency.
Rest assured police and military security forces and on top of the situation and ready to respond to any calls for assistance from the public.
For your added peace of mind, your security forces are just one call away thru the following hotline numbers:
Joint Task Force CV SHIELD Command Center, PNP Command Center