Police, Army go on full alert today

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Monday, July 28, 2014

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) go on full alert today, July 28, to maintain the peace and order in the city as militant groups are expected to hold protests during President Benigno S. Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) this afternoon.

Chief Inspector Noel Polines, head of BCPO Operations Branch, said that since Saturday morning, the BCPO has been on full alert in preparation for today’s Sona.

He said Chief Superintendent Josephus Angan, director of Western Visayas Police Regional Office, directed them to prepare the Crowd Dispersal Management (CDM) team composed of at least two platoons for deployment to different areas of Bacolod, including the Bacolod plaza and Capitol Lagoon.


Polines added that the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPP) will also deploy at least two platoons to augment the BCPO personnel.

“We are prepared for any eventuality,” he said.

Polines said an additional five personnel from every police station will also be deployed to different convergence areas of protestors.

A CDM platoon will be deployed in the area of Police Station 1 to ensure peace and order at the public plaza, where militant group Bayan-Negros led by secretary-general Christian Tuayon will hold a rally to call for the impeachment and resignation of the President.

Polines said protestors should air their grievances peacefully and not engage in violent actions.

He added that the police will exercise maximum tolerance, and he appealed to protestors to police their own ranks and not to obstruct the flow of traffic.

During the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council at Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City Friday, the police and the Philippine Army discussed security preparations, augmentation, and deployment of police personnel.

Angan encouraged everyone to contribute in the maintenance of peace and order as he called for vigilance, stressing that “crime prevention is a shared responsibility.”

Colonel Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said his troops in Negros Occidental are on red alert status for today’s Sona.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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