Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered the suspension of the privilege to carry firearms outside residence in Metro Manila as part of the security measures for the last State of the Nation Address of President Duterte.
In his order, Eleazar said only members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agencies who are on duty and in uniforms will be allowed to carry guns, along with security men in prescribed uniform.
In a Memorandum dated July 16, 2021, the suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in NCR and will be in effect from 8 a.m. of July 21 until 8 a.m. of July 28.
Eleazar said this is to ensure that the SONA will be free from firearms-related incidents and protect the safety of the public.
The directive shall be implemented in consonance with the concept of Managing Police Operations in close coordination with the AFP, other LEAs (law enforcement agencies) and local government units.
Eleazar earlier declared that the PNP is 100 percent ready for Duterte’s SONA on July 26.
“We are prepared for all scenarios. We will also conduct dialogues to establish coordination, cooperation, and understanding between the police, stakeholders, community leaders, and cause-oriented groups on self-policing, no-permit no-rally policy, traffic rerouting, and other public service so that we can attain our goal of a peaceful SONA”, Eleazar said.
A total of 15,000 police personnel will be deployed to secure peace and order during the said SONA.
“I have directed all police district directors to strengthen anti-criminality measures and police visibility operations all over Metro Manila,” Eleazar said.
“As usual, our police will exercise maximum tolerance but at the same time we are appealing to the militant groups to do their share and police their ranks to ensure a peaceful and orderly SONA. Of course, our police are always alert and would not hesitate to use legal force if the protesters become unruly,” he added.