(Metro News) NCRPO cites coordination of rally organizers and leaders for peaceful demos

July 26, 2010 8:47 pm 

MANILA, July 26 – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday cited the coordination of leaders of various cause-oriented and militant groups for the peaceful and orderly demonstration during President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives.

NCRPO chief Director Roberto Rosales took note of the absence of barbed wires and container vans during the actual rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City with thousands of the rallyists holding program.

Rosales said that this was the result of the assent of rally leaders and organizers to the appeal of Super Task Force “Kapayapaan”.

Through his persuasion, Rosales convinced the rally organizers not to pursue their plan to proceed and hold their rally at the gate of Batasan Pambansa.

”It was a sight that seems to welcome the first State-of-the-Nation Address of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III,” said Rosales.

“This is a pleasant development for both the police and to those who went to the area to hold their rally. It proves to all of us that there is nothing that reason and concern for the greater good cannot accomplish,” he also said.

Rosales personally supervised the NCRPO’s Advance Command Post (ACP) located in front of St. Peter Parish Church along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

As early as 4 a.m Monday, the almost 4,500 Task Group “SONA” personnel were already in place, distributed from the Batasan-San Mateo Road towards the entire stretch of Commonwealth Avenue to Quezon City Memorial Circle.

The security deployment consisted of police elements from NCRPO and from the different Police Regional Offices (PROs, 1, 3, 4A, 5 and Cordillera), with augmentation from the AFP National Capital Region Command (NCRCOM).

Except for the adjustments during the first hours, vehicular moved with relative ease until the convoy of President Aquino passed along Commonwealth Avenue around 3:45 p.m.

As agreed upon during the dialogue with rallyists and other stakeholders, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) fielded six teams to assist in monitoring for any violation from both the sides of police and rallyists. The CHR representatives expressed their satisfaction on the security measures that were implemented by NCRPO.

”No human right violation was recorded,” said Rosales.

Task Group SONA is part of the security plan of NCRPO deployed for SONA 2010. NCRPO deployed around 3,367 personnel to Mendiola and EDSA Shrine because of initial plans to hold rallies in said places. However, said planned rallies did not push through.

The first group of rallysts, numbering around 250 individuals belonging to Bayan Muna, arrived a few minutes before 8 a.m. The crowd peaked at 6,000 around 1 p.m. before it went down to about 3,500 by 2 p.m. The number of rallyists went up a little before the SONA started.

Rosales said that the rally was peaceful. He thanked the leaders and organizers for the control over their members that they have shown during the event.

The monitoring of the rallies and conduct of security has again seen the utilization of technology in complementing police operations. Closed-Circuit Television cameras were installed at Litex corner Commonwealth Avenue, Batasan Police Station (PS-6), Capitol Bldg., Sandiganbayan Building, Ever Gotesco, Batasan-San Mateo Road, and at the footbridge in front of St. Peter Parish Church to improve observation capability. STF “Kapayapaan” Commander, PDIR ROSALES and his staff watched the video feed from the seven CCTV sites through the newly refurbished Mobile Command Van.

The NCRPO chief commended all NCRPO personnel and the augmentation troops from the AFP NCRCOM and different Police Regional Offices for their hard work and vigilance all throughout the day. From 6 a.m. up to 4 p.m., the metropolis recorded only a single robbery incident, wherein a certain Charmaine Ramos was robbed by a suspect on board a taxi along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City at about 1 p.m. (PNA) LAP/MM

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