PNP to deploy 10,000 cops for SONA 2014

Bea Cupin

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PNP to deploy 10,000 cops for SONA 2014
Four police groups under a 'super task force' will be deployed to provide security during the 5th State of the Nation Address of President Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – Four groups, composed of around 10,000 police personnel, will be deployed to provide security during the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 28.

In a statement on Tuesday, July 22, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the activation of “Super Task Force Kapayapaan” in preparation for President Benigno Aquino III’s fourth SONA. The “super task force” will be composed of the following task forces:

  • Task Force Anti-Criminality (law enforcement operations, peace and order) 
  • Task Force Antabay (rapid deployment and intervention if needed) 
  • Task Force Rimland (deployment of security personnel, civil disturbance management, traffic management, etc) 
  • Task Force Reserve (deployment of regional headquarters reserve force)

PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCDRPO) chief Police Director Carmelo Valmoria will head the “super task force,” the PNP said. Personnel from the PNP’s National Support Units, directorial staff, and regional offices will also be deployed for the 2014 SONA.

Aquino’s fifth SONA comes on the heels of his lowest approval ratings since assuming the presidency in 2010. Since Monday, two impeachment complaints have been filed against him – one by civil society groups; another by youth groups – and a third one is expected on Thursday.

The administration was also dealt a huge blow when the Supreme Court declared parts of its Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.

The President slammed the Court for its verdict and after a few days, government lawyers asked the SC justices to reconsider their unanimous decision. –

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.