PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar assured that the police is 100-percent prepared to secure the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte next week.
The National Capital Region Police Office already finalized the security preparations and deployment plans for the SONA on Monday, July 26. The COVID-19 situation was among considerations in finalizing the SONA security measures.
“Handang-handa na ang inyong Philippine National Police sa SONA ng ating Pangulong Duterte sa darating na Lunes. Nakalatag na ang mga security plan at nakaantabay na rin ang sufficient number ng ating kapulisan para sa deployment at iba pang contingency measures,” Eleazar explained.
“Tiwala ako sa kakayahan ng ating Regional Director, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao na ipatupad ang maayos at mapayapang SONA ng ating Pangulo na gaya ng mga nakaraan niyang SONA,” he added.
Some 15,000 police officers will be deployed to secure the Chief Executive’s SONA.
The PNP has not monitored any threat to the SONA but Eleazar assured that all personnel are ready to respond to any eventuality.
The NCRPO has said it will use body-worn cameras to help monitor the movements of suspicious persons who may be planning to disrupt the SONA.
PGen Eleazar asked for the public’s cooperation, urging groups planning to stage mass actions to conduct their activities virtually or online.
“Sa ilan nating mga kababayan na patuloy pa ring nagpa-plano para sa isang rally, nagpapa-alala ang inyong PNP na lubha pang delikado ang ganitong klaseng pagtitipon lalo na at may kumpirmasyon na ng local transmission ng Delta variant ng COVID-19. Mas ligtas na makinig at manood na lang tayo ng SONA sa ating mga tahanan,” the PNP Chief said.