CAMP OSCAR FLORENDO, La Union-The Ilocos regional office of the Philippine National Police sent early Monday morning more than 800 personnel as augmentation security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit which begins this week in Manila.
The three police battalions earlier attended a seminar on human rights and will serve as crowd control forces in case of protest rallies during the summit. Another battalion is “standing by” and will be dispatched when needed, according to Supt. Marlon Paiste, regional police information officer.
The La Union Police Provincial Office also contributed 195 of its personnel for the summit, according to Insp. Artemio Infante, LUPPO police community relations officer
The APEC Summit on November 17-19 will be attended by 21 world leaders to discuss trade and financial cooperation among member- nations. The Philippines first hosted the Asia-Pacific economic forums in 1996.
The Ilocos security forces will beef all the country’s regional policemen in the two-day conference in the wake of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, France last Friday. William Jun Garcia/NorthboundPH