NCRPO to field 'human rights affairs officers' during SONA

July 19, 2013 11:40 am 

MANILA, July 19 — To ensure that things will not go out of hand between police officers and militant groups during President Benigno S. Aquino III's State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on Monday, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced that it will be deploying camera equipped "human rights affairs officers" to document the proceedings.

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, NCRPO chief, said around 65 "human rights affairs officers" will be deployed all over Commonwealth, Quezon City, the focal point for rallyists during the SONA.

He added that these officers will be on hand to document possible tussle between the police and the militants.

Garbo said that it will the job of these men to determine the instigator of a possible conflict with the aid of video cameras.

The NCRPO chief added that video clips taken by these officers will help determine possible human rights violations by both sides.

An estimated 8,000 police officers will be deployed to secure Monday's SONA proceedings while various militant groups are claiming that they will field close to 15,000 protesters for the event. (PNA)

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