PNP to deploy more cops for Aquino’s Sona
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed “Super Task Force: Kapayapaan 2014″ ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28.
At least 10,000 National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) personnel will be deployed to ensure security within Metro Manila as the President delivers his annual Sona at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, the PNP said in a statement on Tuesday.
In last year’s Sona, the PNP only sent 8,000 NCRPO police officers.
Police Director Carmelo Valmoria, NCRPO chief, was tapped to lead the nationwide task force.
The 10,000 police personnel will be supported by police regional offices (PROs).
The PROs will send Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) personnel to ensure peace and order as protest actions are anticipated on Monday.
The four task forces include:
Task Force Anti-Criminality led by Chief Superintendent Diosdado Valeroso, District Regional Director for Administration of NCRPO.
TF Anti-Criminality will be the team responsible in ensuring zero-crime incident in the entire Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, Task Force Antabay is in charge of rapid deployment and intervention of police “whenever the need arises.”
TF Antabay will be led by Chief Superintendent Noli Taliño, Deputy Director of Special Action Forces (SAF).
Task Force Rimland will be led by Chief Superintendent Allen Bantolo, District Regional Director for Operations of NCRPO, and assisted by Senior Superintendent Marcelo Morales, Battalion Commander of Regional Public Safety Battalion of NCRPO.
The task force will be in charge of the deployment of security personnel, CDM, traffic management and control and other police public safety services.
Lastly, Task Force Reserve is responsible for the deployment of the Regional Headquarters (RHQ) Reserve Force, primarily composed of Regional Headquarters Support Group (RHSG), Regional Special Task Unit and other personnel assigned in the different Regional Directorial Staff and Regional Support Unit.
It will be headed by Senior Superintendent Ramon Apolinario, Acting Regional Chief Directorial Staff (ARCDS) and assisted by Superintendent Bernardo Borrinaga, Acting Group Director of NCRPO RHSG.
“In order to prevent the occurrence of violent incidents that may disrupt the conduct of SONA, there is a need for the PNP to intensify and sustain law enforcement, security and public safety operations before, during and after the event,” Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima, PNP chief, said in a statement.