Over 15,000 personnel to guard Bongbong Marcos inauguration — NCRPO
MANILA, Philippines — Over 15,000 personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and other government offices have been deployed to secure the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said.
NCRPO Director Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad said combined 15,213 personnel from the Joint Task Force – NCR which includes police and military personnel; the Philippine Coast Guard; Bureau of Fire Protection; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; Department of Health; and other force multipliers have been tapped for the ceremony.
Natividad said the deployment aims to block any alleged plans by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its front organizations to disrupt the event.
“We in NCRPO berates this attempt of the leftist organizations to taint the peace and order in the incoming inauguration. We will provide all the necessary security and safety operations to ensure the successful conduct of the said occasion,” Natividad said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Ang ating kapulisan ay handang magbigay seguridad at panatilihin ang katahimikan at kaayusan sa nalalapit na inagurasyon ng ating bagong pangulo,” he added.
(Our police officers are ready to provide security and maintain peace and order at the incoming inauguration of our new president.)
The deployed 15,213 personnel is significantly higher than the initial projection of 6,200 police officers to secure National Museum grounds, along Padre Burgos Avenue in Manila, where Marcos is expected to take his oath of office on June 30.
Natividad also downplayed the alleged plan to disrupt Marcos’ swearing-in and asked Filipinos not to support disruption calls.
“Kung anuman ang binabalak ng mga makakaliwang grupong ito ay sisiguraduhin naming hindi ito makakaapekto sa gagawing programa,” he claimed.
(Whatever plans are made by leftist groups, we ensure that this would not affect the program in any way.)
“Hinihingi ko din ang kooperasyon ng publiko na huwag magpapaloko at magpapadala sa mga sinasabi ng mga grupong ito kung kayo ay hinihikayat nilang makiisa sa sinasabing panggugulo,” he added.
(I am also asking for the public’s cooperation, hoping that they would not be duped and be carried by statements from these groups should they ask you to disrupt the inauguration.)
On Tuesday, DILG spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said they received intelligence reports on the alleged plan by the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) to disrupt Marcos installation as President.
Malaya was referring to claims made by alleged former members of the CPP and the NPA that communist rebels have been meeting with farmers in Hacienda Tinang and other farmlands in different areas to launch protests when Marcos takes his oath.
Hacienda Tinang is the controversial Tarlac farmland that was dragged into controversy after agrarian reform beneficiaries and their allies were arrested for supposedly uprooting existing plantations.
The DILG also took note of the claim of former senator and now chief legal adviser-designate Juan Ponce Enrile that “groups in America and in the Philippines” are planning to embarrass the President-elect.
As of now, no major opposition group has announced any plan to rally on June 30, except for the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, which called for a press briefing on Thursday to discuss their protest.
The PNP also reminded the public that protests without permits would only be allowed in freedom parks.
PNP director for operations Maj. Gen. Valeriano de Leon also clarified that the PNP is not against free speech but is only cautious of plans to disrupt Marcos’ big day.
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