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PNP sending added forces to Eastern Visayas to curb looting, lawless activities

Aerial shot of the province of which was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (MNS photo)

Aerial shot of the province of which was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine National Police on Sunday sent additional personnel to Eastern Visayas to thwart looting and other forms of criminality in the middle of the destruction from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) there.

PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said on his Twitter account he is going to Tacloban City with added police personnel.

“The PNP will keep the peace and restore law and order in all affected areas,” he said.

He said the 120 are aside from the 150 PNP personnel from Metro Manila and Central Visayas who were deployed to Eastern Visayas Saturday night.

Yolanda ripped through several parts of the country Friday before exiting Saturday. Parts of Eastern Visayas, including Tacloban, were among the areas hit hardest.

Television news footage showed several people breaking into grocery stores and taking food items, with some even destroying automated teller machines to get cash.

Meanwhile, Department of Health officials are also heading for Tacloban City Sunday to address the health needs of those affected by Yolanda.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag said he and DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, along with Undersecretary Janette Garin, are heading for Tacloban via Cebu. (MNS)

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