CCPO on ‘full alert’ status for PBBM’s SONA
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City police is on “full alert” status for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said security plans for the SONA day are already set.
Rafter said they already have on standby members of the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) who will help secure possible activities or rally protests that will be staged on SONA day.
The police force has been on ‘full alert’ status since Sunday.
Aside from that, Rafter also said that they already directed all 11 station commanders to form an alert team composed of nine personnel. This team will take part in the security measures on the said day as well.
For his part, Jaime Paglinawan of the BAYAN Muna Central Visayas, confirmed that they will have a Cebu People’s Summit and People’s SONA on July 24 and 25, 2022.
He, however, said that they have yet to finalize the venues of their rallies.
Rafter assured possible protesters that police will only be on the streets to make sure that all activities will be peaceful.
“Kini atoang mga grupo nga nagpahimugna ning mga rally nga once duolon na sila’s mga police, wala man gyud tay mga violent nga mahitabo. So far, sa akoang nahibaw an ha, muundang ra gyud na sila,” Rafter said.
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