By Jerome Carlo Paunan
MANILA, — National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Major General Vicente Danao Jr. said they have not monitored any threat during President Duterte’s last SONA this afternoon.
“We have not monitored any threat ahead but we are continuously coordinating with our member-agencies,” Danao said.
The NCRPO chief said more holistic and extensive security will be provided, urging the public to stay safe at home if they have no important business outside to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
“Let me reiterate my plead to everyone to think of your safety as it is also our ultimate concern. We ask you to choose to stay safe at home with your family. Otherwise, please cooperate, be vigilant and alert during the event. Let us work together to make the last SONA of our President a safe and peaceful one,” he said.
Danao said it is anticipated that militant sector groups will use Duterte’s last SONA to stage mass actions despite the pandemic.
“Therefore, it is necessary for the police force to intensify public safety and security operations not only to prevent the occurrence of violent incidents but also to ensure strict adherence to the health and safety protocols set by IATF,” he added.
He said 9,919 NCRPO personnel and 5,255 composite support units will be deployed particularly in Welcome Rotonda, UP Diliman, Tandang Sora, and Ever-Gotesco to IBP Road to ensure peaceful SONA. PIA