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NCRPO ready for SoNA

The National Capital Region Police Office said yesterday that they are all set and ready to provide security in the first State-of-the-Nation Address of President Duterte at the Batasang Pambansa on July 25.

Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayalde, acting NCRPO chief, vowed to observe human rights he ordered all district directors, chiefs of police, and station commanders to strictly observe maximum tolerance, particularly in the management of the crowd and cause-oriented groups.

In line with NCRPO preparations for the SoNA, the annual Civil Disturbance Management Competition will be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila today.

Albayalde said CDM contingents of the five police districts and Regional Public Safety Battalions will show case their aptitude, readiness, and competence in managing anticipated situations during the SoNA.

The CDM contingents of the five police districts and the RPSB will engage in a friendly competition to assess their degree and level of adequacy of preparation, effectiveness, and swift response in addressing various civil disturbance situation in terms of support, negotiation, arrest, monitoring, SWAT chemical, medical, and fire protection.

Col. Edgard A. Arevalo, Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief, said that they have not monitored any threat in relation to the SoNA, especially on the President.

“So far from where I sit, we have not monitored (any threat). If there is any, that will be part of our security concern, to protect the President from any threats. We are ready to protect him from any threats in the performance or in the course of his duties,” Arevalo said. (Francis T. Wakefield)