PRO3 all set for Duterte’s 4th SONA

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — With barely 2 days before the fourth State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 22), Police Regional Office 3 is already geared up to ensure peace and order and public safety at Batasan, Quezon City as it will field 462 PNP personnel for Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) operation.

The 462 augmentation troops coming from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac Police Provincial Offices will be on standby and ready on call starting today, July 19, 2019.

Aside from the augmentation troops to be sent out, Reactionary Standby Support composed of 350 PNP personnel from Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, and Zambales Police Provincial Offices as well as Angeles and Olongapo City Police Offices were also organized on stand-by in their respective units ready to be deployed on orders as the need arises.

Additionally, intensified anti-criminality and focused police operations are being undertaken by all police units within the region to prevent any eventualities during the said event.

According to PRO3 Regional Director P/Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel has been sending augmentation troops during SONA and other national events as part of the overall security preparations of the PNP to guarantee that no eventualities may happen during said activities.

“Our personnel are reminded to observe “maximum tolerance” and to ensure they respect the human rights of protesters as they are again expected to hold rallies when the President delivers his 4th SONA. I have also ordered for the intensified conduct of checkpoint operations particularly along major thoroughfares to ensure the maintenance of peace and order during said event,” Coronel added

Relatedly, the entire PNP will be placed under full alert status effective July 20, 2019, 8 a.m. and will remain in effect pending the outcome of Monday’s national event.

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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