Dialogue, cooperation key to ‘very peaceful’ SONA – QCPD chief

Published July 23, 2019, 4:41 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Alexandria San Juan

Quezon City police chief BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., attributed the “very peaceful” State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte on Monday to the mutual understanding and cooperation between authorities and rallyists on the day of the SONA.

Quezon City Police District on a press conference today, June 22, 2018 gives an update regarding the "GENESIS ARGONCILLO alyas TISOY CASE" led by PCSupt Joselito T. Esquivel together with the relatives of the victim Marilou Argoncillo (sister) and Clara Jalea (aunt). Suspects were identified as Justine M. Del Rosario and Richard B. Duelan (both members of Sputnik Gang) and three (3) witnesses namely Nestor Millete, Sterence Lamac and Rolly San Jose at Camp Karingal, Quezon City. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu)
Quezon City police chief BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“This is the fourth SONA of President Duterte and we were able to maintain it peaceful and orderly. There was no report of untoward incidents. There were no arrests of rallyists or protesters and no confrontations between police and gathered crowds,” Esquivel Jr., said in a post-SONA interview.

“This is because of the mutual understanding and cooperation between the police and various cause-oriented groups and also the support of other stakeholders,” he added.

Police figures estimated the crowd near Batasang Pambansa at 8,750 – about 5,350 protesters along Commonwealth Avenue and 3,430 administration supporters at the IBP Road.

“Sa kabila ng dami ng bilang ng nagprotesta, masasabi nating ito ay naging mapayapa. Isa sa naging dahilan nito ay ang pagsunod ng iba’t-ibang cause-oriented groups sa ating security protocol (Despite the number of protesters, we can say that it has been peaceful.

One of the reasons for this is that various cause-oriented groups followed our security protocol),” Esquivel shared.

The QCPD chief said dialogues and meetings with stakeholders held ahead of the SONA helped in the peaceful protest.

Esquivel, who was the Ground Commander of SONA Task Group Quezon, also lauded QCPD personnel augmented by other agencies for their contribution to a peaceful SONA.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director MGen. Guillermo Eleazar commended his officers for their “impeccable performance” Monday.

“For this remarkable outcome, I convey my earnest gratitude to all the members of the Joint Task Force–NCR, namely the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Local Government Units as well as our force multipliers and other concerned agencies for the full support and cooperation to ensure a well secured SONA 2019,” Eleazar said in a statement.