MANILA – The Philippine Army (PA) on Monday said it has deployed a sizeable contingent to help the police force in securing President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
In a statement, PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said they have deployed a civil disturbance management platoon, two urban search-and-rescue teams, an ambulance medic team, and a communications van.
He added that these are under the operational control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s Joint Task Force National Capital Region (NCR) national security contingent.
“Likewise, the Philippine Army deployed an ambulance medic team, 10 explosive ordnance disposal teams, three K-9 teams, and an armored vehicle to bolster the Presidential Security Group,” Trinidad said.
He also added that the PA, as part of the AFP, is closely coordinating with the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection to secure the SONA venue from any threats and dangers and maintain peace and order.
“As government administrators come and go, the PA, as part of the AFP, will comply with the instructions of the Commander-in-Chief (President Marcos) to secure the peace in the country and support the law enforcement operations to pave way for the development of the nation,” Trinidad said. (PNA)