|More cops in Manila shopping areas this Christmas|
By Job T. Realubit, Correspondent
WITH the expected increase of holiday
shoppers in Manila this coming Christmas season, Mayor Lito Atienza on Wednesday
issued fresh directives to the Western Police District to increase police
visibility in the city to protect buyers from criminals.
Atienza issued the order to preempt the
anticipated rise in criminal activities whenever the Christmas season comes. He
told the WPD director, Chief Supt. Pedro Bulaong, to order his men to patrol
commercial shopping areas in Manila.
“The best deterrent against criminal
elements who may victimize shoppers is still a highly visible and vigilant
police presence. Criminals would think twice about operating in shopping areas
if they know there is a high probability that they would be caught,” Atienza
Manila has seven shopping malls and other
commercial areas located in Escolta, Rizal Avenue (known simply as Avenida),
Carriedo, Binondo and Divisoria, which, the mayor noted, all experience heavy
human traffic during the holiday season.
“This is one contest where we would like
to lose,” Atienza said.
He also noted that with the soon-to-open
shopping haven along Rizal Avenue, Atienza expects more shoppers to come to
The city government is currently renovating part of Avenida, eyeing the area to become another shopping destination. It will be opened in time for Christmas.
Bron : The Manila Times
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