Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PNP, AFP set up security contingency plan for Duterte Thanksgiving Party

From the Philippine News Agency (May 25): PNP, AFP set up security contingency plan for Duterte Thanksgiving Party

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are preparing for the thanksgiving party of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte on June 4 dubbed “One Love One Nation Thanksgiving Party #DU31” which is expected to draw over 100,000 supporters here and neighboring cities and provinces.

With 2,000 police and multipliers from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) excluding additional police contingent from the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11, security forces from Task Force Davao and the 10th Infantry Division, DCPO spokesperson Milgrace Driz said the city will be fully secured for the party.

Even if they are not yet sure if Duterte will show up at the event, Driz said strict security measures normally implemented during big events in the city will also be in place.

This means the public is prohibited from carrying backpacks inside the venue; no drinks in canisters; no deadly weapons; other drinks and water must be in clear/transparent containers.

Speaking at the AFP-PNP forum Wednesday, Driz also reminded the public on the ban on smoking, selling of liquors beyond 12 midnight and selling of liquors to minors. The party starts from 1 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

Following the incident in Pasay where five persons died allegedly due to drug overdose, Driz said police and park security will also closely monitor the activities of the people inside the venue.

Taking into consideration that Duterte might attend, Driz said presidential security procedures are also added. A landing area for chopper is also prepared.

The organizers of the thanksgiving party thrown for Duterte by the “Dutertards” – a word coined for Duterte supporters, are targeting 100,000 participants on June 4. The number could grow because people from other provinces are also expected to travel to the city for the party.

PRO-11 spokesperson Andrea dela Cerna said they have also coordinated with police in the boundary municipalities to conduct checkpoints for cars coming to Davao City.

Dela Cerna said all police units were given directives to conduct inspections on all people going inside.

The Task Force Davao and Army units take charge for the periphery areas. 10th ID Deputy Commander BGen. Casiano Monilla said they will deploy people along river lines to prevent entry of people in non-designated entry points.

It may be recalled that during the simultaneous singing of the Philippine National Anthem on May 7, some participants took motorized boats to cross to the Crocodile Park.

So far, Monilla said they have not received any security threats that will derail the event.

Meanwhile, Rhodelio Poliquit, chief of the City Traffic and Transport Management Office, said they will only implement a “stop and Go” system along the Carlos P. Garcia Highway near the Crocodile Park to prevent parking along the national highway that impedes movement of vehicles.

According to Poliquit, they cannot impose a truck ban on national highway during the day. Motorcycles are not also allowed to enter the park area.

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