Twenty-five police officers were hospitalized for dehydration and heat exhaustion at the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Wednesday.
Philippine National Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said that the officers, both non-commissioned and commissioned, were brought to the PNP General Hospital.
“Twenty-five is the report given. Majority of them [collapsed] because of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Sobrang init noon. They were there more than an hour before the program started,” he said in a press conference.
“Maaga pa, nakadeploy na yung parading elements. Mahaba talaga ‘yung panahon na sila ay nasa ilalim ng araw. It was really hot and humid compared sa past days na umuulan,” he added.
The parading teams had been on the PNP Grandstand grounds as early as 11 a.m. Wednesday to practice for the event, which was scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
President Rodrigo Duterte, however, arrived at the venue around 2:45 p.m.
Carlos said as of Wednesday noon, at least 10 of those who collapsed have been discharged from the hospital while others are still under observation.
“A few are still there. I-rehydrate lang ‘yun at pahinga. They must allow their body to recover. Mahirap kalaban ‘yung init ng araw,” he said.
He said the PNP is prepared to handle situations like this, with medical teams deployed to respond to the needs of those on the ground.
He said the PNP leadership thanked the parading teams for their sacrifices to showcase the assets of the police organization. — BM, GMA News