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PNP: 30 drowning cases during Lent

Police have recorded at least 30 deaths from drowning during the Lenten season but said Sunday the observance of Holy Week has been generally peaceful.

PNP: 30 drowning cases during Lent
Riverside picnic. Tourists and residents flock to a river in Kanyakan, Norzagaray, Bulacan to take a dip, beat the summer heat and partake of food on Easter Sunday. Norman Cruz
In an interview with GMA News TV, Philippine National Police spokesman Police Col. Bernard Banac said the 30 drowning incidents were recorded from April 5 to April 19, 2019.

Banac said police have also recorded several road accidents over the last week, including one in Tabuk, Kalinga, which claimed several lives when a truck fell off a ravine.

Despite these incidents, Banac said the observance of Holy week has been generally peaceful and orderly.

The National Capital Region Police Office, meanwhile, has enhanced its security coverage to include tourist destinations, malls and shopping centers in Metro Manila.

NCRPO director, Major Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the redeployment of the bulk of their personnel is to make sure tourists and the public, in general, will not be victimized by criminals this summer season.

“With the end of the Holy Week break, we are expecting many tourists coming in to Metro Manila, especially to shopping malls and other places. That’s why we shall introduce the enhanced security coverage, including the deployment of additional policemen,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar said the full alert status will remain in Metro Manila until all those who left the metropolis are back. 

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Topics: Lenten season , Holy Week , Philippine National Police , Bernard Banac
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