Just posted the conclusion to the aswang attack my wife's family experienced in the Philippines many years ago at their home at Lawi in Guimaras province. The aswang story was the third most popular post on my first blog, "The Rooster Crows at 4am!"
According to a report on the Inquirer.net, a full alert status for the Philippine National Police, PNP, was raised 8 a.m. Friday, as Philippine National Police Director General Raul Bacalzo ordered police assistance centers (PAC) to be put up along major thoroughfares across Luzon, cemeteries, and public transport terminals.
The Inquirer goes on to say that the PACs " will assist in situations such as missing persons, medical emergencies and accidents, traffic gridlock, over-crowding and congestion, stampede, petty crime, illegal parking and vendors, swindlers impersonating as priests and long-lost relatives, and possession of deadly weapons and prohibited items."
I was somewhat surprised to read about the police being put on full alert, but have to confess that weapons being brought into the cemeteries did not shock me. When visiting establishments in the Philippines, I often seen signs posted at the front doors of businesses which read: "CHECK YOUR WEAPONS AT THE DOOR." At times it seems a bit like the "Wild West" over here, but we have not experienced any problems in our area.
My brother-in-law Joery and myself will be staying home to serve sentry duty at "The Compound" as the family makes their annual trek to the cemetery. My wife's group will be going tomorrow, October 31st, to beat the large crowds that will be gathered on November 1st. I will have to check with my spouse to see if any local Philippine National Police were dispatched at our cemetery. Maybe they will just go out for coffee and some Dunkin Donuts!