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For the next three days, the Philippine National Police and other government agencies will hold more dry runs of their responses to various scenarios that may occur during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.

The PNP went on full alert for the papal visit on Monday, canceling and all leaves and with police officers expected to be at their posts at any time, radio dzBB reported.

“Ang PNP at ibang ahensyang kasama [sa seguridad] ay 100 percent ready… May ginagawang mobilization ng personnel natin actually from other regions para mag augment sa NCR,” PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor said.

Among this augmentation force are police officers from the Ilocos region, who arrived Sunday and are billeted at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Also, starting Monday, senior PNP officials will hold daily walk-through inspections of venues which the pope will visit.

An inspection was held on Sunday at the Mall of Asia area in Pasay City, where the pope is scheduled to meet with families.

Pope Francis will be in the Philippines from Jan. 15 to Jan. 19. He is scheduled to visit Metro Manila and Leyte.

Pope Francis will be visiting Metro Manila and Leyt efrom Jan. 15 to Jan. 19. Joel Locsin/DVM, GMA News

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