Despite the absence of a terror threat, military forces will remain on red alert to respond to any eventuality, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.
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AFP: No terror threat at SONA
Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) - July 22, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Security forces have not monitored any threat of attacks from local terrorists for the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte today at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday.

Despite the absence of a terror threat, military forces will remain on red alert to respond to any eventuality, AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.

“The AFP will remain on a proactive stance against threats of violence and will exert efforts to preserve peace, particularly in the National Capital Region,” Detoyato said.

The AFP has raised its alert status to red since Friday.

Detoyato said such status requires military troops to be on standby and ready for dispatch to support the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is leading the security preparations for the SONA.

He called on the public to report to authorities suspicious individuals and activities. 

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said security measures are in place for the SONA.

 “We are all set for the President’s SONA,” NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

At least 14,000 police officers will secure the Batasang Pambansa complex when Duterte delivers his public address.

Of the number, Eleazar said around 8,500 policemen would be stationed at the Batasang Pambansa. The rest will secure Commonwealth Avenue, other places of convergence and vital installations.

Eleazar said they have not monitored any security threats that could disrupt the SONA.

He urged protesters not to bring backpacks and jackets as a precautionary measure.

Eleazar said they prepared a contingency plan in case Duterte goes out of the Batasang Pambansa and meets with the protesters as he did in 2017.

The PNP is expecting around 15,000 anti-government demonstrators who will occupy the northbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue up to the St. Peter Parish Church.

Policemen will be fielded in the area as early as 5 a.m. until the President finishes his speech later in the afternoon. – With Emmanuel Tupas

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