Tight security for Independence Day protests
MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District has put in place all measures to ensure peace and order as the country celebrates on Tuesday the 114th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence, its spokesman said.
Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said “sufficient” number of personnel have been deployed to strategic places since 6:00 a.m. in anticipation of pickets and rallies by militant groups.
Under Task Group Luneta led by MPD director Chief Superintendent Alejandro Gutierrez, Margarejo said the security force include teams from the District Public Safety Battalion, Civil Management Division, Special Reaction Unit, covert and intelligence personnel, arresting officers, as well as traffic personnel and force multipliers.
“Any mass action will be met with policy of maximum tolerance under the rule of law,” he said.
Margarejo said they deployed their security personnel at the Luneta Park, Quirino Grandstand, and even U.S. Embassy in Roxas Boulevard, and Chino Roxes Bridge in Mendiola where people or various groups are expected to gather for simultaneous celebration of Freedom Day.
While MPD has not received any particular threat that may compromise the security of people during the celebration, Margarejo said police authorities will remain watchful of their posts.
“Lahat ay gagawin ng MPD para maging mapayapa at successful ang celebration natin,” Margarejo added.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. earlier said that part of the celebration was the participation of the PNP in the “Sandigan ng Kalayaan” concert that will pay tribute to the strong and continuing loyalty and allegiance of the vanguards of freedom at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila.
Cerbo said a PNP booth will be placed to showcase the frontline services, accomplishments, plans and programs of the PNP leadership.
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