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Over 5,000 cops to secure Xi visit

Sofia Tomacruz
NCRPO chief Police Director Guillermo Eleazar says 'extensive' security and coordination preparations were done for the Chinese president’s upcoming Philippine visit

SAFETY. The PNP deploys over 5,500 cops for the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy more than 5,500 cops to secure the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping from November 20 to 21.

In a statement Monday, November 19, the PNP said the majority of the police will come from its stations in Metro Manila, while at least 200 others from Calabarzon will be placed on standby.

“With pride, banking for a successful State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, I would like to assure everyone that our whole force is solid, ready and equipped to serve and protect in all eventualities during this crucial historical juncture,” said Police Director Guillermo Eleazar chief of the National Capital Region Police Office. 

Eleazar said “extensive” security and coordination preparations were done for the Chinese president’s upcoming visit. He likewise assured the public that Metro Manila cops would “maximize capabilities” to ensure a safe and peaceful visit. (READ: Xi Jinping’s schedule of activities in PH)

As a “proactive move,” he added, “all possible forms” of violence have been anticipated and have a “tailored fit” response in the event of any trouble.

Xi’s state visit is the first for a Chinese president in 13 years. – Rappler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.