MANILA– Around 3,000 policemen will be deployed Monday to ensure security in anticipation of scheduled Labor Day protest rallies, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde said.
Albayalde said that 2,000 policemen will come from the Manila Police District while 1,000 others will come from the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
The NCRPO chief said that even if the 30th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit has ended, Metro Manila will remain on “full alert status” until Monday.
Earlier, the labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said that around 3,000 of their members will conduct a protest action which will be joined by the group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) who has 5,000 members.
He assured that while police will keep tight watch over the protest actions, they will maintain maximum tolerance in dealing with protesters.
Albayalde said they respect the conduct of any rally for as long as nobody would get hurt and no property would be damaged.
Militant groups can conduct protest actions in the “freedom parks”, including the Liwasang Bonifacio in Lawton, Manila, he added, but holding a rally in front of the United States Embassy along Roxas Boulevard is strictly prohibited.