NCRPO: No barricades on June 30 inauguration but mobile jails will be set up for unruly protesters

Published June 28, 2022, 4:26 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Police will not be putting up barricades on the roads leading to the National Museum in Manila for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on June 30.

Instead, mobiles will be placed in strategic areas in Manila where protesters who would initiate trouble will be held, according to Police Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

“Within the vicinity, we will be putting up buses from the BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) so that if even the cases arrises, we will be placing protesters who would become unruly,” said Natividad.

The NCRPO chief said they will not also allow the burning of effigies at the freedom parks where protesters are allowed to hold programs. Police earlier identified these areas as Liwasang Bonifacio, Plaza Miranda and Plaza Dilao.

Natividad said they already initiated dialogues with various groups that are planning to hold protest actions and discussed the rules that will be observed in order to avoid violent confrontations with the police.

“We will not allow burning of effigies in the areas (freedom parks). They will not be allowed entry (if they bring effigies) and we already have contingency plans for that,” said Natvidad.

Natividad said they will deploy anti-riot policemen at the freedom parks in order to ensure that the protesters would remain inside.

He added that police forces from Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) will also be deployed to conduct border control as part of the activation of the Task Force Manila Shield.