Anti-riot cops, soldiers on standby at VMMC vs. pro, anti CGMA protesters

December 9, 2011 11:37 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 9 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday it has deployed three Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) to ensure crowd control during the confinement of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

AFP Public Affairs Office head Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the CDM contingent was on standby and on call upon the request of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He said the anti-riot squad composes 300 personnel.

Burgos said they were monitoring the situation at VMMC on North Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

Around 100 pro- and anti- Arroyo protesters converged at the VMMC vicinity Friday despite heavy rains.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said security remained tight at the VMMC. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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