PNP Ready for Labor Day Rites, Movements; 'No Permit, No Rally' Rule Is in Effect - De Leon
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN
The Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., announced yesterday that its 17,000-strong Metro Manila police is ready for the commemoration of Labor Day, including the mass actions expected to be staged by labor and political organizations all over the metropolis.
National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Ricardo de Leon warned that as part of the measures dafted by the Metro Manila police, the "no permit, no rally" policy will be strictly enforced as he urged groups to secure rally permits from concerned local government units in the capital.
"Those groups without permits are only allowed to converge on peoples parks around the metropolis. If they stage mass actions on prohibited areas, there will be no negotiations," he said.
He urged the groups to police their own ranks and to guard against infiltrators who may try to sow chaos in their mass action.
The NCRPO director reminded the groups to respect the law and the rights of other citizens. "We respect their right to peacefully assemble and to air their grievances but once they violate the rights of other individuals, they will be dispersed."
De Leon said he has also alerted the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) units of the various districts, as well as their respective Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, and the Regional Action Unit (RSAU) to prepare for any eventuality.
Some 400 new members of the NCRPO, who have recently concluded their six-month training, will be dispatched for CDM chores during the event.
De Leon ordered the five district directors and 37 station commanders of the Metro Manila police to intensify security in vital installations, including government agencies, transportation and communications facilities, embassies, buildings of oil companies and the Pandacan oil depot in Manila, as well as "soft" targets and other highly-populated areas.
The NCRPO is currently coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippine-National Capital Region Command (AFP-NCRC) for the deployment of at least two battalions to be placed on stand-by as well as Police Regional Offices 1, 3, and 4 to facilitate the deployment of augmentation units should the need arise. …