MANILA, Philippines -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) remained on full alert for the fourth straight day with policemen arresting nearly 100 persons for violating the liquor ban.
At the same time, Director Roberto Rosales, NCRPO chief, went around police districts and stations in Metro Manila on Sunday to make last minute checks on security preparations for Monday?s elections, NCRPO spokesperson Supt. Rommel Miranda said.
He added that as of 4 p.m. on Sunday, 96 persons had been arrested for violating the ban on alcohol drinks.
Of the total, eight were arrested in the northern part of the metropolis while 37 others were picked up by policemen from the Eastern Police District, the biggest number of violators recorded since the ban took effect at midnight on May 9.
Four persons were caught violating the ban in Manila while seven arrests were made in Pasay City, Miranda said.
Senior Supt. Raul Petrasanta, Pasay police chief, said that aside from the Comelec-imposed liquor ban, the seven were also picked up by his men for violating a local ordinance, which prohibited drinking in public places.
Meanwhile, policemen backed up by soldiers continued to provide security to trucks delivering PCOS machines to polling precincts in Metro Manila on Sunday, part of the last-minute preparations for Monday?s elections, Miranda told the Inquirer in a phone interview.
As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, Miranda said 39 machines had been safely delivered to precincts in four cities, with more to be delivered to Manila and Quezon City.
Miranda said he expected the deliveries to be completed within the day.
The NCRPO spokesperson added that around 3,200 police personnel were either on standby or conducting patrols with at least 1,000 soldiers under the Armed Forces? National Capital Region Command serving as back-up security troops.