Thursday, October 28, 2010

After hostage-rescue fiasco, Manila comes up with "tourist cops"

Are they stupid? After the world just witnessed the most stupid, most inept, hostage-rescue operation ever, they come up with "tourist cops." 
Are they serious? 
Who is going to believe them? 
Who is going to have confidence in them?

Or does this mean that these are the only cops authorized to ask money from tourists? 

Just asking.

Metro Manila deploys 'tourist cops' 
By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 14:07:00 10/27/2010

Filed Under: Police, Tourism, Security (general), Travel & Commuting
MANILA, Philippines – With the upcoming holidayseason, the National Capital Region police office has deployed tourist policemen in seven key tourist areas in the region to assist foreigners visiting these places.
NCRPO director Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome identified the seven areas as: SM Mall of Asia, Intramuros, Adriatico St., UP Manila, Divisoria, Binondo, and along Roxas Boulevard.
These tourist policemen are from the Regional Public Safety Battalion and will have two 12-hour shifts, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and vice versa.
Bartolome said the deployment of “tourist police” was part of the NCRPO’s commitment in making police services more accessible to foreigners and helping make Metro Manila tourist-friendly.

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