MANILA, June 11 (PNA) — With the nation celebrating its 117th Independence Day on Friday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that its units are coordinating and assisting the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure that nothing untoward will transpire during the historic occasion.
In line with this, the AFP’s Joint Task Force-National Capital Region will be deploying troops and assets to strategic areas to ensure peace and order.
This includes K-9 units, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said.
At the same time, the AFP official said that the military is still to detect any groups or individuals who may be planning to disrupt Friday’s festivities.
“We are yet to detect any threats but your AFP is keeping a proactive approach to ensure that it has sufficient forces at hand to deal with people who might want to make trouble,” Cabunoc said in Filipino.
While rallyists and other demonstrators will be allowed to do their stuff, the AFP public affairs chief said that violent acts during protest actions will not be permitted.
He added that there are no plans to raise the AFP’s alert status as the security situation is normal.
However, Cabunoc advised the public to immediately report to authorities suspicious looking persons or baggage they may happen to see.
The AFP public affairs chief also said that flag-raising ceremonies will be conducted in all military installations, including those in Pagasa Island and the BRP Sierra Madre off Ayungin Shoal which are both located at the Kalayaan Island Group. (PNA)