PNP deploys 1,000 cops for EDSA 1 rites

By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine Star

Posted at Feb 25 2013 07:19 AM | Updated as of Feb 25 2013 03:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy at least 1,000 policemen in the vicinity of the People Power monument to ensure peace and order during the 27th anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA revolution today.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said no security threats have been monitored related to the celebration, which President Aquino is expected to attend along with other top government officials.

He said there will be a wreath-laying rite at the monument and a run for good governance.

“PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima will be part of the traditional salubungan with officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, with this year’s theme, Pilipinas Natin Abot Tanaw Na,” Cerbo said.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino reminded the public yesterday that the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or the number coding scheme will be enforced today.

“Feb. 25 is declared as a special holiday only for all schools nationwide. Therefore, the number coding is not lifted,” Tolentino said in his weekly program over radio station dzBB.

Vehicles with license plates ending in 1 and 2 are not allowed on major roads from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tolentino also announced that some portions of EDSA and White Plains Drive will be closed to traffic until 11 a.m. today. – With Perseus Echeminada