No security threat at 26th EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary rites – AFP

February 24, 2012 12:17 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 23 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Thursday there is no threat of whatever nature in the coming celebration of the 26th EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary, where the main venue is on Epifanio delos Santos Ave. in Quezon City.

Col. Arnulfo Burgos, AFP spokesman, said their intelligence operatives have not monitored any single attempt by left-leaning or unscrupulous groups to disrupt the event.

Burgos said that two days prior to the 26th EDSA People Power anniversary celebration on February 25, the AFP has lined up its participation in the event, particularly the "Salubungan" rites and the symbolic turnover of up to 21,800 houses for AFP personnel.

The "Salubungan," which will take place after the flag raising ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the People Power Monument, will feature the historic communion of civilians and military personnel that was vital in the success of the historic 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

The President and AFP Commander-in-Chief, Benigno S. Aquino III, will be the event’s guest of honor.

Among the expected attendees are Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Executive Secretary and EDSA People Power Commission Chairman Paquito Ochoa Jr., Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma and PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome.

The AFP will deploy Civil Disturbance Management platoons, Security Teams and three Medical Teams to ensure the peaceful commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary. (PNA) scs/JCA


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