Chief Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, head of PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG), on Wednesday said that he will seek reinforcement from other PNP units to assign them to control of the traffic flow along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) .
”Meron pong ibang augmentation. Sa katunayan, kinausap ko ibang units. Itong ahensya ng PNP in particular na magbigay ng tao para magbigay sa HPG,” he said in a press briefing held in Camp Crame.
The HPG director also said that as added measure they were also eyeing of putting an additional shift to the HPG’s deployment along the 23-km Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
The PNP-HPG at present time has a strength of 1,200 personnel spread in different parts of the country and 150 of them have been assigned to man the traffic situation on EDSA. Meanwhile, PNP-Special Action Force (SAF) Director, Police Director Moro Virgilio Lazo rallies behind Gunancao as he commits to deploy 20 SAF in EDSA.
”Gusto ko nga pasalamatan si Director Moro Lazo, SAF ang unang sumagot sa aking kahilingan na magbigay ng pwersa. So nagbigay siya ng 20 katao para iassign sa amin, itrain namin, tulong dito sa EDSA,” Gunnacao noted.
He added that other regional directors wants to pullout some of their men to increase personnel in EDSA.
Battling carjacking still remains the main thrust of the PNP-HPG and the police official believes that their new assignment at EDSA will help them in their campaign against carjackings.