More than 15,000 security personnel will be deployed to secure the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on June 30, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.
In a statement, the PNP said the deployment is composed of police, soldiers, Coast Guard personnel, and other force multipliers.
Task Force Manila Shield will be activated two days before the inauguration of Marcos at the National Museum, PNP director for operations Police Major General Valeriano De Leon said.
The task force will ensure “maximum security” for the event.
Checkpoints and chokepoints will be set up in all the entry points to Manila for three days starting on June 28 and a gun ban will be imposed starting June 27 in Metro Manila.
Maximum tolerance will be given to protesters as instructed by PNP officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr., according to De Leon.
"There will be freedom parks assigned to the protesters, so we appeal to them to go and stay on those freedom parks to prevent unnecessary confrontation with our CDM units," he said.
"As instructed by our OIC PNP Police Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr. we will exercise maximum tolerance but at the same time we will not allow them to create trouble, so I appeal to them anew to use the freedom parks designated for them to stage their protest," he added.
The PNP is also communicating with different groups that will stage a protest to ensure that there will be no untoward incidents during the event.
Police commanders in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces were directed to boost intelligence-gathering against “threat groups” in light of the supposed plot to sabotage Marcos’ inauguration. — Joviland Rita/RSJ, GMA News