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From Dec. 15 to Jan. 10 there will be no police holiday leave: PNP

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As part of increased security measures for the holiday season, police employees will not be permitted to take vacation time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Wednesday.

All vacation requests from December 15 to January 10 of the following year would be rejected, according to PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo. This is in accordance with the PNP chief, Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr., who ordered heightened police visibility and presence throughout the Christmas season.

“Ibig sabihin wala na pupuwedeng mag-leave effective December 15 in order to ensure that there will be enough police present to meet the goal set by the appointing Chief PNP. The maximum police presence target of our Chief PNP will be adhered to if we have an 85 percent police ratio, which means that no one will be permitted to take a leave of absence starting on December 15. We will also implement our 85 percent police ratio),” she told reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In addition, police officers performing administrative work in offices will be patrolling the streets, according to Fajardo.

Patrol teams will be sent to churches as one of the security measures to be put in place to stop gangs and small-time criminals from causing trouble for churchgoers.

The PNP also cautioned churchgoers against bringing jewelry and huge sums of cash in case they attracted robbers and pickpockets.

“Natin’s payo to the kababayans is alert. Our personal security and safety are our top priority and focus at the moment. Simbang Gabi is really excited and is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. (We urge our fellow citizens to exercise caution. We should always put our own safety and security first. We are aware of our excitement to go for a stroll and mingle, particularly during the night throngs),” Fajardo remarked.

The nine-day “Simbang Gabi” or morning mass serves as an introduction to the joyous and significant Christmas holiday, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.

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