CALOOCAN CITY, (PIA) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recalibrated its security deployment in allowing both so-called progressive groups and supporters of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., to hold gatherings during the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) .
“We will abide by the decision of the city government and we will make the necessary adjustments just to ensure that we play no favor to any group. Our request is for them to conduct their mass protests peacefully,” Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., PNP Officer-in-Charge, said in a statement over the weekend.
The so-called progressive groups will be allowed to march and assemble along the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue up to the corner of Tandang Sora Avenue, while Marcos supporters may gather along IBP Road near Sinagtala Street in Barangay Batasan Hills.
“Just like what we are always saying, we respect their rights to peaceful assembly and air their grievances, and that is the reason why we designated freedom parks for them,” said Danao.
“But we also expect them to respect our personnel who would be deployed in the area because they would only perform their job of maintaining peace and order for everybody, including the protesters themselves.” (PIA-NCR)