From the Philippine News Agency (May 27): Military beefs up security in Quezon City
The military has started to beef-up security in Quezon City over the weekend after Mayor Herbert Bautista, in his capacity as chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, has appealed to tighten security and thwart attempts to disrupt peace and order.
Brig. Gen. Jesus Mananquil, commander of the military’s Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (NCRPO), said soldiers and military K-9 units were already sent to augment the Quezon City Police District on Friday.
“We have sent troops to Quezon City Police District. We will fight the intention of those who want to sow terror. We are always in support as far as safety and public order is concerned in Metro Manila,” Mananquil said in a news conference that followed the special meeting of the Metro Manila Council held Friday at the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) office in Makati.
Quezon City –the biggest and most populous city in Metro Manila– hosts several critical installations like La Mesa Dam, the House of Representatives, the Bangko Sentral, major broadcast networks, specialty hospitals and dozens of national government agencies.
Aside from soldiers, the military also deployed bomb-sniffing dogs assigned in bus terminals and commercial centers in Quezon City.
Bautista directed the NCRPO to intensify mobile and foot patrols and set up checkpoints as a precautionary measure following the escalation of hostilities in Marawi City that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.
He explained that the move to ramp up security measures was not meant to scare people.
“Hindi natin kailangan maging alarmists para doon sa mga mamamayan natin. Everything is ok naman dito. But we have to be prepared,” Bautista said.
“We are saddened by what happened in Marawi. We are praying that it will be solved as soon as possible time. But, we are vigilant na hindi ito mangyari sa Metro Manila,” he added.