Category: Security

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SAFE 2013: PNP Confiscates More Ammunition, Arrests Thousands of Individuals

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already confiscated 23,277 ammunition, 2,684 firearms (FA), 877 bladed weapons, 489 explosive devices, 165 grenades, and 142 airgun/airsoft gun/FAs replicas, as posted on the agency’s official website last April 30. The confiscation has likewise led to the arrest of 2,845 individuals discovered to be carrying the abovementioned items. Said...

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Active Shooter Response

In the first place, what is an Active Shooter and how does it differ from an armed suspect or an alarm for shots fired incident?  Where did this originate and how come such an event or incident is labelled as such? Before there was an ‘active shooter response,’ there already existed incidents wherein the police...

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Quick Analysis

Threat of terror act is constant because there are unwavering and motivated desires to terrorize societies and governments from several known and unknown individuals and groups worldwide.  At any given time and place there is someone designing a better weapon, planning, and rehearsing an attack.  The terrorist and any threat groups have the luxury of...

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Grounded Chinese Ship in Tubbataha Raises Varied Concerns

The fishing vessel stranded in Tubbataha Reef is more than just the issue of ships posing hazards to protected marine-life sanctuaries but rather reveals more issues of concern for every Filipino. The Grounding The F/V Min Long Yu, a Chinese fishing vessel with bow number 63168, ran aground in the North Atoll of the Tubbataha...

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OTS Won’t Allow Knives and Blades Despite TSA’s New Aviation Policy

The United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has modified its guidelines in terms of carry-on items allowed in commercial airliners, according to various reports. In a statement, TSA said that, effective April 25 this year, it “will allow knives that do not lock, and have blades that are 2.36 inches or 6 centimeters or less...

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Security Outlook on the Sabah Dispute

The situation in Sabah has turned from dire to worse. Armed fighting erupted as Malaysian security forces are continuously engaging the followers of the Sultanate of Sulu. This has resulted to growing security concerns for both the Philippines and Malaysia. The Standoff and Conflict The whole situation started when at least 200 followers of the...

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Security Guards and Customer Service

An all too common utilization of security guards is customer service. Today’s age of shopping malls and intensified commercialization has exacerbated this seemingly overriding business need. At face value, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this business concept. After all, it is the security guard who is at the forefront of the interface between the...

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8 Building Security Mistakes

Check your office and residential condo buildings to know what other mistakes building security may have committed. 1. Building design is not based on security and safety risk assessments Security and safety does not mean simply employing security guards and installing CCTV cameras. An in-depth understanding of risk management concepts at the schematic stage saves...

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Hotel Negligence: What is Basic and Adequate Security?

  All hotels in the Philippines are “negligent” in providing “basic and adequate security” to their guests based on the Philippine Supreme Court’s affirmation of a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling against Shangri-La Makati Hotel on the death of a hotel guest in November 1999. In a decision penned by Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, the...