The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been placed on full alert in preparation for President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

The heightened alert status began at 5 p.m. on Sunday and will remain in effect until 12 noon on July 25, as stated by PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo.

Fajardo reassured that all security measures are in place, and there have been no credible threats identified that could compromise the peace, order, and security during the SONA.

The PNP is actively coordinating with other security sectors to prevent any potential incidents and is ready for any worst-case scenarios.

Both pro and anti-government rallyists have been advised to adhere to the conditions and limitations specified in their rally permits. Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos confirmed that necessary contingencies are in place to ensure the smooth flow of the event, which is expected to host over 2,000 guests.

The police have committed to exercising restraint and maximum tolerance towards rally participants who are anticipated to converge in various areas.

In terms of traffic management and safety, the Quezon City government is taking proactive measures. They will deploy 800 enforcers from the Transport and Traffic Management Department, 6,123 uniformed officers from the Quezon City Police District, and 375 personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety. Additionally, the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department will dispatch 287 personnel, including Emergency Medical Services and Search and Rescue teams, to ensure public safety and prompt response to any unforeseen incidents.

The city government emphasized the importance of complying with laws and regulations during the rallies, upholding QC’s commitment as a bastion of free speech and respecting everyone’s right to peaceful assembly, as protected by the Constitution. Pro-administration groups are designated to gather near the Commission on Audit, while protesters may assemble near the Tandang Sora overpass. (ai/mnm)