THE National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday announced that it will place all its forces on full alert status this Friday as part of their security preparations for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on July 22.
Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr., NCRPO head, said around 5,000 police officers will be deployed to ensure peace and order during the day.
The SONA will be held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
Garbo also said that intelligence reports showed possible threats on SONA day but refused to give further details. However, he clarified the threat is not related to terrorist or crime groups.
“The threat that I said is in reference to the number of rallyists. The public has nothing to worry about,” he said,
Garbo said police officers will enforce maximum tolerance in dealing with protesters.
Around 15,000 to 18,000 militants are expected to march and join SONA-protest actions, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) commander Chief Supt. Richard Albano said.
He attributed this to issue of illegal settlers.
Albano said roughly 3,000 to 4,000 QCPD police officers will be deployed for SONA. PNA