PNP on metro-wide full alert for Duterte SONA

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 18 2017 06:28 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday it was all set to secure President Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. 

In a press briefing in Camp Crame, NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde, said PNP personnel are "100 percent ready."

Albayalde said starting weekend, police will be deployed in areas where 10,000-15,000 militants are expected to hold protests. 

Some 6,300 members of the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) will also be deployed outside the Batasan Complex.

Albayalde said the protesters will be allowed to position themselves 15-20 meters near the venue.

"Nagkasundo naman na pagbibigyan ang mga protesters sa same position kung saan sila last year, pinalapit pa natin ng around 15 to 20 meters sa South Gate ng Batasang Pambansa," he said.

All PNP personnel will be deployed around 4 a.m. on Monday. 

Albayalde said they have not monitored possible threats during the SONA but are not taking any chances and will operate on full alert status. 

"With regard to that, yun magfi-finance nung mga druglords to disrupt the free conduct of the SONA, although kasi nakita natin yung trend doon sa nangyari sa Marawi na it's being financed by suspected druglords, these are all indications and manifestations na merong tumutulong na druglords. It is possible na meron ding mangyaring ganito sa atin niyan, nagawa na nila yan sa Mindanao, pwedeng mangyari rin sa NCR," he said. 

The PNP will not use a signal jammer and will implement a "no fly zone" within a 6-kilometer radius of the Batasan Pambansa.

The PNP will also not ban the use of backpacks on Monday and will not use container vans as barricades. 

"Meron tayong security personnel na nandoon together with our CDM contingents. Although wala sila sa mismong line of defense, together with the CDM, nandoon sila sa taas ng mga truck. We have SWT personnel there. We talked with our militant groups that they should also be checking on their ranks," Albayalde said. 

Meanwhile, military personnel will also be deployed to ensure safety and security during the President's SONA.