ALL security measures are in place in Metro Manila to ensure that today’s Labor Day celebration will be peaceful and orderly, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said yesterday.
According to the Metro Manila police director, a total of 8,423 policemen will be deployed in all projected rally sites and other places of convergence and vital installations as the country marks its 117th Labor Day.
Eleazar said they’re expecting rallies and demonstrations from different labor groups airing their demand to end contractualization, better working conditions and salary increase.
Eleazar they are also on alert against terror groups that might take advantage of the occasion to create trouble or carry out acts of terrorism.
Eleazar said they have already finalized their security plans including their strategic personnel deployment, civil disturbance management, anti-criminality intervention, counter-terrorism, traffic management, Emergency Response Team, monitoring of lightning rallies and other related security measures.
Lateral coordination with other law enforcement agencies has been established for more comprehensive security coverage, he added.
“We are not the enemies of the rallyists. I assure that the NCRPO is always ready to secure the public from any eventuality as well as guarantee that your police force will deal with those who will conduct rallies with maximum tolerance and outmost respect for human rights. Consequently, I would like to remind them regarding the ‘no permit, no rally’ policy except for freedom parks. Protesters must follow existing laws and ordinances to ensure the successful conduct of this event,” Eleazar said.
The official encouraged the public to maintain their vigilance and be alert for criminals who would take advantage of the event.
“I highly encourage the public to report any suspicious people and abnormal behavior to any policeman nearest to them or text the NCRPO hotlines at 0915-888-8181 or 0999-901-8181,” he said.