Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Papal security contingent in NCR now 100 percent operational

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 13): Papal security contingent in NCR now 100 percent operational

With the arrival of Pope Francis just two days away, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region deputy commander Col. Vic Tomas on Tuesday announced that the NCR security contingent for the papal visit is now 100 percent operational.

Military troops tasked to secure Pope Francis in his Metro Manila activities are placed at 6,264 troops and 44 K-9s.

This number is included in the 17,000 regulars and reservists mobilized to secure the Pontiff in his Jan. 15 to 19 visit to the Philippines.

This is aside from the 25,000 Philippine National Police activated for the papal visit.

"JTF-NCR is 100 percent operational, capable, and all our committed forces are now ready. This does not include reserves and follow on forces. We can deploy anytime to support the PNP," Tomas said in Filipino.

He also said that his troops on Tuesday conducted exercises on civil disturbance and crowd control to make themselves sharp.

Tomas expressed hope that the papal visit will be concluded without any untoward incidents.

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