Over 100 anti-riot police ready to keep Boracay safe

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The PNP cited coordination with the local government of Malay, Aklan and other stakeholders as the reasons for the lower crime rate in Boracay this year.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — Over 100 anti-riot police officers will maintain peace and order during Boracay's six-month closure.

Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Western Visayas regional director, on Tuesday said while the region has a "low terrorism threat," anti-riot police will still be deployed to guard Boracay against violence.

"Uncertainty, confusion, low morale might result to agitation and eventually maging security issue," he said in a media briefing in Boracay in Malay, Aklan.

[Translation: Uncertainty, confusion, low morale can lead to agitation, which could end up being a security issue.]

Four hundred seventy-two security personnel are roaming the island.

An additional 138 police officers will be deployed for "crowd dispersal management" when the popular tourist destination is shut down beginning April 26. The Philippine Army will oversee internal security.

The police officers are prepared for possible protests, rallies, fire incidents, attacks on establishments, bombing, and kidnapping.

Security guards will keep establishments safe.

Binag said the police will secure 16 areas of possible entry and exit of non-residents.

For residents to enter the island, they must present identifications cards that prove they live in any of the three barangays in Boracay. But Binag said the ID System has yet to be ironed out.

There will be no for visitors, except in emergency situations with the clearance of the security committee composed of representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, and the local government.

The Boracay Task Force hopes to have a soft reopening of Boracay in August.