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.
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.
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