The Philippine National Police announced it will be deploying its four-newly acquired CBRNE (chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosives risk) vans to further secure the delegates of the four-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Metro Manila.
“(Deployment of the four CBRNE vans) are part of our APEC preparation, we panel all areas of engagement, meaning route, the billet, the route, and the venues. and part of the paneling is to make sure there are no radioactive materials present in any venue,” said PNP chief Director General Ricardo Marquez on Monday.
Prior the acquisition these CBRNE vans, Marquez said the PNP was only using portable mobile equipment for such missions.
“And it was just so timely that these vans arrived last week, so we’ll have more mobile detection equipment to cover all the hotels and the venues,” he said.
It must be recalled that the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance donated on November 9th to the PNP six pickup trucks and various equipment for explosives and ordnance disposal (EOD). The donation also include the three portable remote-controlled clawed and wheeled robots, outfitted with cameras.
The donations was just in time it will be used to secure the APEC summit to be attended by heads of state.