Deployment of 610 cops to Boracay ‘necessary, not an overkill’

Police Regional Office (PRO-6) Director Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag said the nine police chiefs in the province were relieved from their posts on July 7.
The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) will deploy 610 cops to ensure peace and order on Boracay Island.

The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has defended its move to deploy 610 cops to ensure peace and order on Boracay Island, which is set to be closed starting April 26.

According to Chief Inspector Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, the deployment is “necessary and not an overkill.”

“We have to prepare for the worst scenario. Kami man gihapon ang balikan kon magkinagamo sa Boracay,” she said.

The world-famous island in Malay, Aklan will be temporarily closed for six months.

The closure was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to hasten the rehabilitation of the island, which he described as a “cesspool.”

Malong is hoping that residents and business operators will not resort to violence.

The 610 cops will come from the Aklan Police Provincial Office, Boracay police substation, Regional Civil Security Unit 6, Aklan Provincial Highway Patrol Unit, Aklan Provincial Criminal Investigation and Detective Team, and augmentation personnel from PRO-6.

They will be under the Metro Boracay Task Force (MBTF) headed by Deputy Regional Director for Operations Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr.

MBTF was established by PRO-6 Regional Director Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag to enforce security measures during the rehabilitation period.

Brigadier General Pio Diñoso, commander of the Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade (31IB), said they will also send soldiers to Boracay.IMT