MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is ready to secure President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) even if it has not detected any threat from lawless groups that might mar the event, the chief of its public affairs office said Monday.
“While the AFP has not monitored any threat from local terrorist groups, its forces will continue to be on a proactive stance against all threats of violence and will exert every effort to preserve the peace, particularly in the National Capital Region where the seat of the government is,” Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata said in a statement.
Zata said the AFP is ready to respond to any threat that may arise during the Chief Executive’s SONA with the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) taking the lead in supporting the Philippine National Police in maintaining peace and order.
“The JTF-NCR has already deployed personnel and other military units in collaboration with the NCRPO (NCR Police Office), Task Force SONA, and other security agencies within and around the NCR,” he said.
Among those deployed were the Security Company, K9 teams, Civil Disturbance Management Platoon, Ambu-Medic team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, and Communication teams, which were placed in strategic locations to swiftly respond to any contingency.
Zata also called on the public to immediately report to authorities any suspicious individuals and activities in their surroundings.
“The fight against terrorism and the preservation of peace is a shared responsibility of everyone. We should all do our part in this whole-of-nation approach towards peace and development,” he added. (PNA)