By Chito A. Chavez
The Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) assured the public that there will be no frequency jamming during the holding of the 31st ASEAN Summit.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Acting Secretary Catalino S. Cuy and concurrent CSPOEPR Chairperson said government arrangements for frequency jamming with the country’s major telecommunications networks were not made since this might “do more harm than good.”
Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Committee on Security, Peace and Order, and Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSPOEPR) Chairperson Catalino S. Cuy (Photo courtesy of Bombo Radyo)
“We have considered all of these things and we have decided not to implement signal jamming during the summit because it might even work to our disadvantage in terms of monitoring the situation on the ground,” said Cuy.
“What if there is an emergency situation, we will not be able to act accordingly if there is a stoppage of signals,” he added.
Cuy noted the government has also reminded the security people of the ASEAN delegates not to bring in their jamming devices because these are not allowed in the country.
He also said President Duterte has specific instructions that there should be minimal inconvenience to the public during the summit while addressing all possible security threats.
“We have worked hand in hand with the Department of Information and Communication Technology as well as with the information experts from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in our security preparations against cybercrimes and cyber attacks during the event,” he noted.
However, Cuy said that while there will be unhampered communications, all security personnel must refrain from using their gadgets while on duty unless to report any critical incidents.
“We would like to remind our security personnel on the ban on using their cellphones while on ASEAN duty because such acts will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
On the other hand, ASEAN Security Task Force Commander, Police Director Napoleon C. Taas called on the public to do their share in ensuring a smooth and peaceful summit.
“We can’t do this alone. We need your eyes and ears. Please report to us anything that you think is happening in your area that is out of the ordinary and might affect our preparations for the summit,” noted Taas.
The public can call 911 or text PNP hotline 2920 in case of an emergency.
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