In a statement today, AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang explained that this is to prevent looting which took place in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.
"Our forces will secure supermarkets so there will be no more repeat of what happened during ‘Yolanda,’" Catapang stressed.
Typhoon Ruby is expected to batter Eastern Visayas, Bicol province and Northern Mindanao upon making landfall this Saturday.
The AFP chief has ordered the deployment of all engineering battalions for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.--With report from PNA
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