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Over 18,000 safety, security personnel to be deployed for Marcos' inauguration —NCRPO

More than 18,000 public safety and security forces are set to be deployed on Thursday, June 30, for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Monday.

NCRPO spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Jenny Tecson said 13,846 of their own personnel will be deployed for the oath-taking event.

“We will be deploying a total of 18,339 public safety and security forces comprising of 13,846 NCRPO personnel; 1,061 personnel from Philippine National Police support units; and 3,432 personnel from allied agencies and force multipliers,” she said in a message to reporters.

Meanwhile, the PNP on Monday urged protesters to cancel their mass actions against Marcos’ inauguration.

“The PNP urged groups planning to stage mass actions in the City of Manila on June 30 to cancel their activity, but should they insist, they will be allowed to hold public assembly in the city’s Freedom parks,” it said in a statement.

PNP Director for Operations Police Major General Valeriano de Leon on Monday said these freedom parks are Plaza Miranda, Plaza Dilao, and Liwasang Bonifacio.

According to the PNP, police will not allow mass actions and public assemblies near the event’s venue at the National Museum.

Maximum tolerance will be given to protesters,  PNP officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Vicente Danao Jr. said.

“The PNP will only act accordingly in response to the situation, and persons responsible for any outbreak of violence will be held accountable for their actions,” Danao said.

“Blatant violation may include the destruction of property, obstruction of traffic, and other forms of public disturbance,” he added. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News